Library advocacy MOOC: free online course starts February

Our colleague Emma Farrow, Consortium Development Coordinator at INASP informed us about this upcoming learning opportunity.

Registration has opened for the online advocacy course “Library Advocacy Unshushed”: Become a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, passionate, and unshushed!
This is being offered by the University of Toronto as a MOOC (massive open online course); it was run for the first time last year with over 5,000 participants

Key information:
Seven week course, starts 2nd February
Estimated effort: 4 – 6 hours/week

You need to register – registration / more information including the full syllabus is here: https://www.edx.org/course/library-advocacy-unshushed-university-torontox-la101x
The course covers:
•    Values and transformative impacts of libraries and librarianship.
•    Research on current perceptions of libraries and librarians.
•    Role of relationships in advocacy.
•    Principles of influence and their impact on advocacy.
•    Strategic thinking and planning in advocacy.
•    Effective communication: messages, messengers, and timing.
A number of guest speakers will share their ideas, recommendations and successes.

Chipo Msengezi, ITOCA

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