Advocacy Training Opportunity: Turning the Page 2.0

Turning the Page 2.0 (TtP 2.0) is a free public library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In this six-week, facilitated online course, library staff and supporters will learn how to create and tell their library’s story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain partnerships along the way.

Participants are encouraged to come with a specific, self-determined advocacy goal for their library. At the end of six weeks, you’ll have a complete Advocacy Work Plan to guide your efforts.

Each week, a facilitator will lead an interactive webinar (one hour/week) and in-depth discussion of a specific topic based on the assigned Turning the Page online modules. Users will also complete offline homework (about one-two hours/week) that allows them to create their own Advocacy Work Plan. This work will be reviewed by the facilitators, who will provide individual feedback and encouragement. By the end of six weeks, participants will have a road map for making a tangible difference at their library.

By the end of the six-week course, participants will have created an Advocacy Work Plan, and will understand more about the following topics:

  • Seeking public and private funding
  • Developing strong leadership skills
  • Developing a compelling story about the library and its value to the community
  • Developing and executing community outreach and fundraising strategies
  • Building community alliances and partnerships
  • Becoming an effective public speaker and enhancing personal presentation skills

Open to anyone, the program will be offered 4 more times. You may register for any session that works with your schedule, regardless of the kick-off region. The next session begins the week of August 8th and ends the week of September 12th. Registration ends July 27th. For more information and to register, go to: