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Communicating With Elected Officials About Your Library

Communicating With Elected Officials About Your Library


The climate for libraries can be stressful. With polarizing politics, book bans, budget concerns and more, libraries must increasingly work and interact with their elected officials and the public. How do you communicate effectively in stressful times? How can you get the attention of your elected officials? And how can libraries better communicate all the positives they give to their community?


Through this webinar, you will learn:


  • Suggestions for handling difficult conversations
  • Ideas for communicating and connecting all year with elected officials
  • Understanding where elected officials may be coming from
  • Resources from the American Library Association and other places that can help

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, a mission-based company that teaches digital citizenship to tens of thousands of parents, students, and educators across the world. Before starting Digital Respons-Ability, Carrie worked for about a decade in public libraries. Carrie regularly writes, speaks on and researches digital citizenship and education. She is the author of several academic books including: Digital Citizenship: Teaching Strategies and Practice From the Field (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and Becoming a Digital Parent: A Practical Guide to Help Families Navigate Technology (Routledge, 2020) and the The 3Ms of Fearless Digital Parenting: Proven Tools to Help You Raise Smart and Savvy Online Kids (Skyhorse Publishing, 2021). Her latest book for librarians, Advocating Digital Citizenship: Resources for the Library and Classroom is out in fall 2022 and she has another title to be released in early 2023 by the International Society for Technology in Education. She is also an adjunct instructor and in 2021 won an Outstanding Reference Source Award from the American Library Association for one of her books. Carrie is also a mother who applies what she teaches with her own family at home in Utah. Her experience in art and design allows her to employ visionary strategies to enrich progress and enhance advancement for students.

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