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Putting the Answer Up Front and Advocating for Libraries

Event Type: SWFLN Webinar
Date: 2/21/2018
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:00 AM
Description:
 Since January (2017), more people are writing letters to their federal, state and local representatives. Many of these “letters” are constructed through web sites, which provide letter templates. Other “letters” are comments on sites like Countable or Facebook. While these methods of advocacy are good, it is better to craft your own message/letter which advocates your position using the information that is relevant to you.

This webinar will help you consider:
• When you are advocating for your library, what should you consider saying (and is it the correct story)?
• What is the best way of getting your point across?
• How can “answer up front” help you frame your position?
• What should you consider in terms of supporting information?
• And what should you do to help the reader digest your message?

Participants will be asked to draft a letter during the session. Having access to paper or a computing device will be helpful.

Learning Objectives: After this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Construct a letter which advocates for the person’s position
• Use the “answer up front” format for other documents
• Craft a message that has impact without relying on an abundance of words

Location: Web Based Training
Other Information:
 Speaker: Jill Hurst-Wahl is consultant, speaker, writer, and educator. She is an associate professor of practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the president of Hurst Associates, Ltd. A former corporate librarian, Jill has always been an advocate for increasing the impact of libraries, no matter the type of community or organization they serve. She is a member of the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council and the Onondaga County Public Library Board of Trustees. Her interests include copyright, the use of social media, and the future of the profession.
Contact: Aaron Blumberg
Contact Number: 2393136218
Presenter: Jill Hurst-Wahl
Status: Closed


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