YOUR VOICE COUNTS: LIBRARIES IN SUPPORTING COMMUNITY ADVOCACY
Kevin Conrad T. Tansiongco
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