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Library advocacy can take many forms and include countless people. From telling fellow shoppers in the grocery line how libraries have changed to speaking up at a city council hearing in support of better salaries for library workers, everyone who cares about libraries--trustees, volunteers, patrons, and staff--are indeed spreading the world about the importance of libraries.
The need for advocacy is greater than ever in this challenging fiscal environment. At a time when there is a nationwide increase in library usage, funding for our beloved institutions is dismal, and in some instances shortages are severe. Stories of closures, reductions in …