Library Advocacy

The GMR staff maintains a set of free online tools to assist you in advocating for your library.

What is Advocacy?

It is an on-going process of building partnerships so that others will act for and with you, turning passive support into educated action for the library program. It begins with a vision and a plan for the library program that is then matched to the agenda and priorities of stakeholders.

– American Association of School Librarians (Advocacy Committee)

Education offerings at the GMR

Patient safety is an area where libraries can show their value. The class, Patient Safety Resources Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines, highlights pertinent information resources and examines library advocacy in the area of patient safety.

Tools and Downloadable Resources

Calculators - maintained by NN/LM Mid-Continental Regions (MCR)




Research on Library Value

Other Resources

  • Advocacy - Maintained by the Medical Library Association (MLA)
  • Advocacy - Maintained by the Public Library Association (PLA)
  • I Love Libraries - Supporting one of our nation's most important resources - An initiative of the American Library Association (ALA)
  • Library Advocacy Resources  -  Libraries will find documents and videos which have been collected to help aid in advocacy efforts - Maintained by SELCO: Southeastern Libraries Cooperating

Planning and Evaluation

Information can be found at the GMR Planning and Evaluation page.