ALA President Young: Advocate. Today.

October 08, 2014

"Libraries are powerful because librarians are powerful."

ALA President Courtney L. Young's article "Advocate. Today" was published in American Libraries Online on September 12, 2014.

Young writes: "Libraries really do change lives. That reality is well known and proudly understood by every one of us. I don't believe, however, that we have internalized an even more fundamental and vital truth: Libraries are powerful because librarians are powerful. I'd like to speak to that power and be very frank. I am concerned that librarians (and the schools that prepare them) have not yet fully embraced what I believe to be a core professional responsibility. That responsibility is advocacy."

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