Turning the Page 2.0

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The Public Library Association's successful Turning the Page program has returned to Vermont for 2014.  This fall, members of the Vermont library community will participate in a six-week online course which takes participants through the steps of developing an advocacy plan. Topics covered in this program will include public perceptions, telling your story, you as a leader, building relationships, the “Big Ask”, and assembling your Advocacy Work Plan.


Turning the Page Online is a FREE library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This highly interactive training program is designed to give librarians, library staff, trustees, and supporters the skills and confidence they need to advocate successfully on behalf of their libraries.


Turning the Page Online is open to any interested library staff member or supporter in Vermont. It is ideal for beginner advocates. Previous participants in the nationwide Turning the Page program sponsored by the Public Library Association have included:

  • Librarians
  • Directors
  • Friends of the Library
  • Fundraising consultants
  • Trustees
  • MLIS students

Continuing Education credit will be available for those who want it and who complete the Advocacy Work Plan. If you do not complete the Advocacy Work Plan you will not receive credit.


Turning the Page 2.0 Training Details

  • The course lasts 6 sessions and takes 3+ hours per session (18-20 hours total) over 2 months time.
  • You do 6 online modules on your own then get together online to discuss the advocacy issues as a group.
  • Self-paced homework assignments with 1 on 1 feedback (free consulting)
  • Receive a certificate of completion when you're done.


Getting Started:

Getting Started Video (30 minutes)

Take the Pre-workshop advocacy assessment

Getting Started Workbook

Your Advocacy Work Plan (Word document)

Technical Requirements




Successful completion of the course, including the completed Work Plan, will lead to 10 Continuing Education credits toward VTLIB Certification.

Webinar sessions for 2014 will run from Tuesday, September 16 through Tuesday, October 28.



For more information contact your Program Facilitator:

Michael Roche, michael.roche@state.vt.us