YOUR VOICE COUNTS: LI­BRARIES IN SUP­PORT­ING COM­MU­NITY AD­VO­CACY

Kevin Con­rad T. Tan­siongco

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PARALLEL SESSION -

Elec­tronic In­for­ma­tion So­lu­tions, Inc. Email ad­dress: kevin­con­rad­tan­[email protected] Ab­stract

Ad­vo­ca­cies con­tinue to be a trend for most of the mil­len­ni­als nowa­days. It is al­ready a way of life for look­ing for a life pur­pose. As li­brar­i­ans, we fo­cus more on the ad­vo­ca­cies that are re­lated to our line of work, such as read­ing and lit­er­acy. The main ob­jec­tive of this pre­sen­ta­tion is to en­cour­age li­brar­i­ans and in­for­ma­tion pro­fes­sion­als to ex­tend their ser­vices to their com­mu­ni­ties through dif­fer­ent ad­vo­ca­cies and to cre­ate an aware­ness of the ex­ist­ing ad­vo­ca­cies that are re­lated to the li­brar­i­an­ship pro­fes­sion. This pre­sen­ta­tion gives in­sight on how li­braries through ad­vo­ca­cies can change the com­mu­nity.

Some ad­vo­ca­cies that li­brar­i­ans can pur­sue, such as li­brar­i­an­ship (RA 9246), the es­tab­lish­ment of pub­lic li­braries (RA 7743), me­dia and in­for­ma­tion lit­er­acy (MIL) in the midst of mis­in­for­ma­tion, bib­lio­ther­apy in a form of sto­ry­telling es­pe­cially in places where chil­dren are in con­flict, and ac­cess to gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion (Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion), among oth­ers. The Amer­i­can Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion (ALA) has its own ad­vo­cacy fo­cus­ing on li­braries and the pro­fes­sion: “The as­so­ci­a­tion ac­tively works to in­crease pub­lic aware­ness of the cru­cial value of li­braries and li­brar­i­ans; to pro­mote state and na­tional cru­cial value of li­braries and li­brar­i­ans; to pro­mote state and na­tional leg­is­la­tion ben­e­fi­cial to li­braries and li­brary users, and; to sup­ply the re­sources, train­ing and sup­port net­works needed by lo­cal ad­vo­cates seek­ing to in­crease sup­port for li­braries of all types.”

The ses­sion also presents the 17 Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment which of­fi­cially came into force when it has been adopted by world lead­ers in Septem­ber 2015 at a his­toric UN Sum­mit. Over the next 15 years, with these new goals that uni­ver­sally ap­ply to all, coun­tries will mo­bi­lize ef­forts to end all forms of poverty, fight in­equal­i­ties, and tackle cli­mate change, while en­sur­ing that no one is left be­hind. In con­nec­tion to this, In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion (IFLA) also in­tro­duced it to li­braries and li­brar­i­ans so we can help achieve the SDGs through these ac­tions: pro­mot­ing uni­ver­sal lit­er­acy, in­clud­ing me­dia and in­for­ma­tion lit­er­acy and dig­i­tal lit­er­acy; clos­ing gaps in in­for­ma­tion ac­cess; iden­ti­fy­ing li­braries as a net­work of de­liv­ery sites for gov­ern­ment pro­grams and ser­vices; pro­vid­ing ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and re­search data; and sup­port­ing dig­i­tal in­clu­sion.

Key­words: ad­vo­ca­cies; sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals (SDGs); ad­vo­cates; mil­len­ni­als; li­brar­i­an­ship

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