It’s a travesty in the library profession that we don’t teach new professionals how to be political or organize the community around libraries. When 80-90% of funding for libraries comes as a direct result of local political action and support, we need librarians to understand how the work that they do and can do can directly impact their funding. We need to teach librarians how to build radical supporters in their community who will believe in and fight for libraries, not just use them.
The 10 short lessons in this tutorial build on each other to communicate a set of key strategic concepts. You will see a set of “labs” or exercises (marked with a beaker icon ) mixed in with the lessons. These labs will help you apply the concepts and begin to take strategic action for organizing your community around your library.