Request for Proposals Advocacy Case Studies


The main author of a SAA publication on advocacy seeks proposals from archivists to write one of approximately ten case studies to be included in the book. Proposals due May 15, 2008. Those submitting proposals will be notified by July 1, 2008. To inquire or to submit a proposal, contact Larry J. Hackman at Lhackman [@]

Case Studies:Proposals should briefly describe what the case is about and how the author would address the task described below. First drafts are due by January 15, 2009. Case studies should be 3,000 to 6,000 words in length, though exceptions will be considered. Proposals are encouraged from archives of all sizes, including very small ones, and from the full range of repository types.

Task:Describe an organized advocacy effort to achieve a significant archival program objective. Advocacy includes: public relations; media relations; the development and presentation of materials on behalf of an archives; lobbying of resource allocators and other decision makers from within or from outside of an archives; the identification and use of influential individuals and organizations on behalf of the archives; the development and use of advocacy coalitions or other support groups; and similar efforts.

The case may describe any of the following: (a) A sustained use of advocacy techniques to develop or strengthen over time an archives program’s infrastructure, e.g., a change in the level of fiscal, personnel or physical resources or in the archives mission, placement, status, authority, influence, visibility or long-term viability; (b) Advocacy to achieve a particular archives program objective, especially an important threshold or breakthrough, e.g., a crucial change in mission, placement or policy, new legislation or regulation or authority, a new funding base or source, a new facility, a new source of influence or support for the archives; (c) Development or operation of an internal or external advocacy coalition on behalf of an archives program or on behalf of a goal important to a broader archival community.

Organization of the Case: (a) Description of the objective or objectives of the advocacy efforts. Where did these come from? How did they evolve?; (b) Discussion of advocacy planning and of coordination of the efforts/campaign; (c) Application of advocacy techniques aimed to achieve the objectives: who, what, when, why, how? (d) Reflections n the degree of success in achieving objectives and on the role of various advocacy methods relative to other factors. What worked and what did not?; and (e) Reflections on “lessons learned” that might have broader application for individual archivists, programs or a certain kind or type of setting, or the archival community as a whole.

Please direct any inquiries to Larry J. Hackman at Lhackman [@]