National Library Week is observed this year from April 11 through April 17 with the theme “Communities thrive @ your library.” The first sponsored National Library Week was in 1958, and the American Library Association (ALA) has continued this yearly celebration in April ever since. It’s a great time to recognize the contributions our libraries have made to our communities. And, of course, the Wheat Law Library will be celebrating in style!
- Thursday, April 8, 12:30-1:30 pm
Ninth Annual Paul E. Wilson Friends of the Wheat Law Library Lecture & Luncheon
This year’s keynote speaker is none other than Green Hall’s Rick Levy. His lecture is titled “Libraries and the Future of Campaign Finance Regulation,” and he will discuss the recent Supreme Court decisions, particularly Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission (overruling Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce), which held that limitations on corporate spending in political campaigns violate the First Amendment. Although it’s a little late to sign up, you can find more information online. And who knows? Maybe we can squeeze you in?
- Monday, April 12, 10:10 am
We will be serving Cake in the Commons (first floor). I’m not sure if it will be a library-themed cake, but really, does it matter? It’s cake!
- Tuesday, April 13
National Library Workers Day
This is pretty much the day when the librarians get pampered. So hug your favorite librarian! Odds are we’ll squirm a little.
- Wednesday, April 14, 8 am-noon
26th Annual Hazel A. Anderson Memorial Book Sale (first-floor commons)
This is a wonderful opportunity for you to beef up your book collection while giving to the Wheat Law Library. We invite students to work the book sale and ask any faculty members to bring by books that might be cluttering up your office!
- Thursday, April 15, 12:30 pm (Room 104)
I will be giving a lecture on “Smart Phones and Legal Research.” It’s a brown bag, so you’ll have to bring your own food.
- Friday, April 16
Library Fines Amnesty Day
I probably don’t need to go into details on this!
We hope to see you at our events! And Happy National Library Week!
W. Blake Wilson, Instructional & Research Services Librarian