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Telling Your Library's Story

A Resource Guide

Library staff often have little time to advocate for their libraries. Yet, our very existence depends on our users finding and expressing value in what we can provide. Here are some resources to help you tell your library's story. Check back periodically!

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Telling Libraries' Stories of Impact on Communities

The My Library Is...Sharing Showcase is a place for sharing examples and templates of myriad storytelling resources, a place where you can get ideas from others, and share your favorite communication pieces and plans. Check it out, and then maybe add your own.

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A project of RAILS supported by IHLS through promotion and staff participation

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ILA's Bigger Than a Building Campaign

With most Illinois library buildings closed to the public, it’s more important than ever to convey the message that libraries are still working to serve their communities. Our patrons, as well as decision-makers, need to know that we’re bigger than our buildings. Illinois Library Association’s Bigger Than A Building campaign is designed to help the library community quickly convey information to its constituencies during the Illinois Stay at Home executive order. Resources are growing. Please check back often. 

View the ILA Bigger Than a Building Toolkit

Infographic: Proving Your Public Library's Value to Your Community

thumbnail: Advocacy ToolIHLS member public libraries now have a tool will help you share your library’s value at a glance. Use it to communicate the importance of the library to customers, trustees, community leaders, and other stakeholders. It is as easy as plugging in numbers. Or, further customize it with colors, fonts, and text that match your library's branding. Microsoft PowerPoint is required to edit this infographic.

Download Infographic Template

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