OELMA Advocacy

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is building support for something (an organization, an ideal, a cause) gradually, over time. It is a long-term, step-by-step process. It is the broad umbrella term under which public relations, marketing, lobbying, and advertising campaign, all fit.

An advocate is a person who can be counted on in all venues and circumstances to support a particular cause. At every opportunity, such a person will gather their courage and speak out or act for the good of the cause in which they believe.

Why do School Library Media Specialists need to advocate?

The role of a school library media specialist is not well understood by many education decision makers. There is a mistaken belief by many people that the Internet is the answer to everything. Funds are being channeled into classroom technology and away from the media center. Media Center staff positions are being cut. The very existence of school library media specialists may be at stake.

OELMA Advocacy

OELMA is prepared to assist you in becoming a great advocate. Contact Advocacy Committee Chair with questions or for more information on how you can advocate.

Join OELMA's Advocacy Classroom

Here are the Google instructions. The class code is wk07qx

You must be signed in to Classroom before you can join a class. Unsure if you’re signed in? Learn more about how to sign in to Classroom.

Join a class with a class code:

  1. Go to classroom.google.com
  2. At the top, click Add Add and then Join class.
Click Join class
  1. Enter the class code your teacher gave you and click Join.
  2. A class code consists of 6 or 7 letters or numbers. For example, hjhmgrk or g5gdp1.
Enter class code