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CPD23: Thing 16 – Advocacy, speaking up for the profession and getting published

Thing 16: Advocacy, speaking up for the profession and getting published

I’ve always believed in being an advocate for the profession at every possible opportunity.  Every time you say “Oh I’m a librarian” when people ask you what you do, then they look immediately bored, I try and explain how it’s more than stamping books…

The recent cuts and closures have been a new challenge for advocacy and there’s been a lot of petitions to sign and ribbons to wear.  Who knows how much good it does but it’s certainly worth a try.  I don’t work in public libraries but I (obviously) use them a lot!  I’m also not limited by my contract as to what I can say about the issue as a public librarian would be, so I can speak my mind.  I think I could probably do more in this area and with the news that my local area, Newcastle upon Tyne, is closing 10 of it’s 18 branch libraries, there will be some campaigning coming up in my area soon…

I also believe in campaigning for the importance of my own sector –  independent libraries and special collections.  These resources can really inspire people and give them another perspective that isn’t available at the public library.  It’s also a very different experience with hushed quiet and pencils only.  A world away from screaming kids and computers.  (That’s not to say we don’t do kids and computers as well.  Just not every day.  And they tend to be quieter…)

Getting published hasn’t happened yet, but I am going to make more of an effort to comment on online articles relating to libraries and get out there and march if necessary for Newcastle’s libraries!

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