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Drafting the Blueprint: Strengthening Relationships Between Library Friends and the Community

Minnesota Association of Library Friends

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The Minnesota Association of Library Friends is pleased to present "Drafting the Blueprint: Strengthening Relationships Between Library Friends and the Community" a workshop series designed to help all in the library community (friends, advocates, staff and supporters) develop the tools they need to better support the library.


Advanced registration is $10 and includes lunch. Walk up participants can not be guaranteed lunch. July workshop deadline is Friday July 13; August workshop deadline is Wednesday August 15.

All online credit card sales add an additional $1.54 for processing fees. To register by check, send a check for $10 to MALF at 325 Cedar Street #555, Saint Paul, MN 55101. Please include your name and the workshop you plan to attend.



Workshops will be held in five locations statewide July and August:

METRO: Saturday, July 21 at Brookdale Library (Deadline: July 13)

NORTHEAST:  Monday, July 23 at Grand Rapids Area Library (Deadline: July 13)

SOLD OUT! SOUTHEAST: Wednesday, July 25 at the SELCO Office, Rochester MN (Deadline: July 13)

LOCATION CORRECTION! NORTHWEST: Wednesday, August 22 at Zorbaz on Little Pine (Deadline: August 15)

SOUTHWEST: Friday, August 24 at Redwood Falls Public Library (Deadline: August 15)



What's your Advocacy Goal?
Each workshop participant should arrive with an advocacy goal. We will discuss these goals and work with the presenters to make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely)

Public Perceptions
We will discuss recent research related to public perceptions of the library and how the research can help inform their plans for achieving their advocacy goals. The research includes some very surprising findings that will give participants an edge in understanding the role of the library in the community.

Telling the Library's Story
Each participant will work on their own "parking lot speech." Who is your target audience? What types of messages are effective with those audiences? Participants will work with the presenters to hone their presentation skills and set goals using tools provided.

Building Relationships
Strong partnerships and community relationships are important and can help the library achieve its advocacy goals. Each participant will brainstorm about existing and potential partnerships they could form in their community.

Planning for Action
Each participant will develop a plan for achieving his or her advocacy goal, along with an outline with next steps and key milestones for the project.



Each workshop takes place from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm with a break for lunch. Lunch will be provided to all advanced registrants. Lunch can not be guaranteed for walk-up participants.



Brenda Hough is a library consultant and trainer. She currently works for the Northeast Kansas Library System, teaches adjunct courses for Empria State University, and is a trainer in the Public Library Association's Turning the Page 2.0 Online Advocacy course. Her past experience includes working with the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WebJunction, and TechSoup for Libraries.

Diana Weaver is the Director of the Basehor (Kansas) Community Library, where she has been recognized for her innovative approaches to both advocacy and e-content. She receiveed her Masters in Library Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has been involved with libraries for over 40 years in various capacities including Friend, Trustee, and library user.



Have questions about Drafting the Blueprint: Strengthening Relationships Between Library Friends and the Community? Contact Minnesota Association of Library Friends


Minnesota Association of Library Friends

MALF connects Friends of Library organizations, provides valuable resources to support their work, and is a strong voice for Friends of Library groups and libraries throughout Minnesota.

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