Professional Positive Advocacy

Having written several posts about professionalism and being professional within librarianship, I wanted to expand on this notion in its application to ‘positive advocacy’ – a necessity in the current economic climate.

An advocate: someone who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea. This is what we should all be doing, not just for Libraries and librarianship, but also for our own personal values. Positive advocacy for your current role can help you to brainstorm outside of your framework or structure, it can lead you to new contacts and a wider networking group, and mostly, it can project your professionalism to a wider audience. Being professional particularly in times of change can be challenging, but there are motivational ways to deal with any negativity:

  • Look for opportunities and personal development in any role
  • Look for training opportunities for personal growth
  • Look to be more flexible, helpful, and expand outside of your immediate contact/network group
  • Communicate with as many other professionals as possible
  • Use problem solving strategies to deal with barriers to positivity
  • Use influencing strategies to obtain information and the attention of enterprising colleagues

Professionalism is all about rationality and balance. If you are to be an advocate for anything, anyone, or any role, then it is important to learn objectivity, logic and analytical strategies to override any emotional attachments you may have.

2 thoughts on “Professional Positive Advocacy

  1. I like this post. Simple and straight to the point. I’m always on the look out for how I could be a better advocate and get across the stuff I believe in, in a positive way. The fact that I’m not balanced and can be a bit irrational generally does not help things! I’m so glad there are others that are much more eloquent and succinct and capable that seem to share my values and ideas but can put them out into the world and be listened to. I still try and do my bit though, just on a smaller scale.

  2. Thanks for this, I think you hit the nail on the head there when you talk about getting across the stuff you believe in – our personal values are our top priority, I have a whole list or criteria and fulfilling that need is sometimes challenging! I’m always on the look out for tips or strategies on how to advocate in a professional and balanced way – a lot of it is self awareness though, and thats a whole other book let alone blog post! Glad you liked this Emma :0)

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