Yolanda is the Youth Librarian at Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa. There she maintains the Youth Collection and coordinates programming and outreach for children and young adults.

28 Days of Advocacy #25-The Other Side

You mean there’s another side?’  Well, of course there is!’  We are so eager to get our point across and convince the “enemy” that we need that new teen space or to budget for another school librarian that we forget that’ there are often legitimate reasons for why those things haven’t happened yet.’  I would suggest that before any advocacy/lobbying take place, you sit for a moment and seriously ponder what the other side may be experiencing and the challenges that the other side may be facing.’  Once you have examined the other side of the fence, your enemy may no longer be an enemy but a potential collaborator in your cause.’  Consider these ideas:’  Continue reading