Today, thousands of communities will celebrate National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time when library staff, patrons, administrators and Friends groups will recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. You are invited to name a “Star” library employee for the NLWD Web site at ala-apa.org, where everyone can see what makes this person an exceptional library employee. Anyone working in or for a library can be nominated, and self-nominations are welcome.
The day’s theme — “Libraries Work Because We Do!” — focuses on how library services depend on the important work done by every library employee. Library employees help Americans deal with tough economic times. Patrons are visiting libraries in record numbers, seeking guidance from library employees in using computers and the Internet, accessing financial literacy resources and searching for jobs.
Ways you can celebrate:
- Download and color this “Thank You Librarian” Coloring Page from Crayola.
- Print out the “Let Everyone Know” poster from ALA-APA and hang it up for everyone to see.
- Stop by your favorite librarian’s office and just let him or her know that you appreciate his or her work.
- Chai lattes are always good.
Can you think of any other ways to celebrate? If so, let me know!
W. Blake Wilson, Instructional & Research Services Librarian