Posts Tagged ‘advocacy’
Things went well today, I think. The worst thing that happened was they didn’t deliver the potato chips with the lunch sandwiches. Not a big deal. And here are pictures:
|CULS Summer Institute|
Now I’m going to watch Bedknobs and Broomsticks…if I can stay awake.
The Summer Institute on Friday is about advocacy. I’m excited to hear more about how to be a better advocate for my library. At the moment, I don’t think I can even say that I’m much of an advocate at all.
It appears to me as I read things about libraries closing, librarian lay-offs, library funds being cut, etc. that we do a poor job of showing people are value. Maybe we assume too much that people see the reason for having a library in their community (and this includes universities as well!)
In the academic arena, there seems to often be a disconnect between what we as librarians feel our role is and what other academic staff want from us. It makes me think of professors that see us as a way for them to get materials that only they will use. That doesn’t make good use of our funds and can create bad feelings with other people on campus. But have we really made people understand the purpose of the library?
The state of Kansas in general does not do a good job of supporting higher education. This is a fact that is painfully evident by flat budgets this year. Yet expenses for all sorts of things continue to increase. Including things like databases fees, periodical subscriptions, etc. My university wants to expand the student population and has been adding more online classes. Yet the library hasn’t really seen any huge increase in our budget so that we can support these worthy endeavors. And these are just two examples. I’m sure libraries at other colleges and universities are facing the same thing.
We know we are important and that the students and faculty need us. But we do a poor job of explaining why. So how can we change this? I hope to get some ideas at the end of the week. I may be one small voice crying in the wilderness, but we all have to start somewhere.