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Tuesday, April 16th is National Library Workers Day

Tuesday, April 16th is National Library Workers Day

Tuesday, April 16th is National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers DayOnce a year, on April 16th, a day is set aside to recognize and celebrate the unique contributions of all library workers in libraries across the United States. Sponsored by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), this day, known as National Library Workers Day, recognizes the library workers who provide excellent and invaluable service to library users regardless of age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. The thousands of public, academic, school, governmental, and specialized libraries provide millions of people with the knowledge and information they need to live, learn and work in the 21st Century. They bring value to individuals and to society a world of knowledge in person and online, as well as personal service and expert assistance in finding what is needed when it is needed.

Library workers are responsible for a wide variety of services that patrons come to expect from their libraries. They are in charge of more than just checking books in and out of the library. Library workers catalog and shelve materials; handle requests and send them to other libraries; answer phone calls and emails; organize programs and events; administer computer networks; update the library’s Website; select and obtain books, CDs, videos, and databases; and much, much more.

This day is also a reminder that a steady stream of recruits to library work is necessary to maintain the vitality of library services in today’s information society. The funding of libraries and salaries for library workers must be increased to attract more talented people to work in our nation’s libraries and to ensure that these vital services are delivered each day. Library workers must be brought to the table at public policy discussions on key issues, such as intellectual freedom, equity of access, and narrowing the digital divide in order to provide the best possible service for the community that the library serves.

Help us celebrate National Library Workers Day by taking a moment to thank a library worker for their dedication and exceptional contributions in helping to further our knowledge and provide specialized and vital information services.



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