We are pleased to announce Char Booth as our #LSLS15 Keynote! Early riser, devoted oceanite, and advocate of radical neutrality, Char Booth explores the integration of pedagogy, research, technology, and design in libraries. Char is the Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library, and a faculty member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute. Char presents and writes on topics related to the integration of pedagogy, assessment, technology, and design in libraries – she blogs at info-mational, tweets @charbooth, and her publications include the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year-winning Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA Editions, 2011) and Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies (ACRL, 2009).
Advocacy and outreach are important tools for creating and sustaining successful libraries, and in an increasingly resource-strapped world it is essential for libraries and librarians to effectively communicate our value. Advocacy is a process of identifying and shaping messages that matter (and make sense) to user communities, while outreach helps these messages connect with stakeholders. When we “reframe” our narratives we acknowledge that libraries are and should be changing, but that our core values remain unique and constant. Making this case can provide the foundation for creative advocacy strategies that help us build strong and lasting institutions.