Library Friends "Advocacy Guru" Among Keynote Speakers at MLA Conference in Oct.


'Friend of Library Friends' Stephanie Vance Among Impressive Line-up of Speakers and Panelists

In her invaluable book Citizens in Action, nationally renowned “Advocacy Guru” Stephanie Vance counsels activists on how best to mobilize and “get things done” on behalf of their favorite organization. In it, she draws from years of experience as a lobbyist and campaign strategist. Many of her tips are directly applicable to the important work done by Library Friends organizations.

Vance will be a headlining keynote speaker at the Minnesota Library Association conference Octobter 3-5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul. Her speaking engagements will include: 

• 10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries (Thursday dessert keynote). Description: If America’s libraries are going to survive these adifficult times, we need your voice—and your action. Discover ten easy actions to help develop and deliver your message.

• Listen Up, Legislators! (Thursday  breakout session). Ms. Vance will share her secrets for effective communication with elected officials, including knowing what you want, who to ask, how to ask, and how to follow up. Her role-playing exercises will have you rolling in the aisles—and recognizing that meeting with elected officials can actually be fun!

Sound interesting? Click here to learn more about the 2012 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference and to register online.

For more information on Stephanie Vance and her 20-year career in lobbying and congressional affairs, or for a detailed accounting of Citizens in Action and other publications that may be of use to your Friends organization, visit www.advocacyguru.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @AdvocacyGuru.




Other keynote speakers at the MLA Conference include:

Joan Frye Williams, library consultant and futurist.

Erin WalshM.A., expert on youth in the digital age and co-founder of Mind Positive Parenting.

Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University.

Saroj Ghoting, childhood literacy consultant and veteran conference.