Register for Free Advocacy Training Course: Turning the Page 2.0

Image is a FREE public library advocacy online training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association. Over the six-week course, participants will study the following topics:

  • Understanding and seeking public and private funding
  • Developing strong leadership skills
  • Developing a compelling story about the library and its value to the community
  • Developing and executing community outreach and fundraising strategies
  • Building community alliances and partnerships
  • Becoming an effective public speaker and enhancing personal presentation skills
  • Creating an Advocacy Work Plan

Turning the Page 2.0 will be offered six times through 2011 and 2012:

  • week of Apr. 18–week of May 23; registration closes April 1, 2011; register here
  • week of Jun. 27–week of Aug. 1; registration opens May 18, 2011; registration form coming soon
  • week of Aug. 8–week of Sept. 12; registration opens June 30, 2011
  • week of Oct. 31–week of Dec. 12 (no class week of Nov. 20); registration opens Sept. 15, 2011
  • week of Mar. 19–week of Apr. 23, 2012; registration opens Jan. 30, 2012
  • week of Jun. 25–week of Aug. 6, 2012; registration opens May 14, 2012

The full Turning the Page 2.0 course consists of:

  • In-person kick-off (this is optional; there are no Wisconsin locations scheduled in the Midwest region)
  • Six-week course of synchronous and asynchronous online work
    • Facilitator-led webinars provide live instruction and collaboration once a week
    • Independent work on assigned modules of Turning the Page online offers a dynamic program of active and personal learning (one-two hours work/week)
  • Offline one-on-one feedback from facilitators

Registration for Turning the Page 2.0 is open to all public librarians, library staff and library supporters, including board members, Friends and local officials. There is no limit to the number of attendees per library.

Continuing education credits toward librarian recertification: PLA estimates that each week totals 3–4 hours of work (a 1-hour synchronous webinar, an hour to an hour and a half of assigned homework, and time to review facilitator feedback and coordinate with your team members.)

Details on how the course works