CHICAGO — National Library Workers Day (NLWD), is Tuesday, April 15, 2014. It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) established the special day in 2003. NLWD is now celebrated each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 13-19 in 2014).
The ALA-APA helps libraries and individuals prepare to celebrate by featuring a range of creative suggestions on its website (see Celebration Ideas). The National Library Workers Day webpage encourages friends, patrons, employers and co-workers to “Submit a Star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee. Each testimonial (listing first names, library type and city/state location only) will be posted on the NLWD’s Galaxy of Stars page.
To help you prepare for this year’s celebration, the ALA-APA has a variety of items such as t-shirts, buttons, stickers, etc. that may be purchased from the NLWD Store. Libraries often honor their staff by giving mugs, t-shirts or totes with the NLWD logo.
NLWD recognitions can be organized by library administrators, Friends of the Library groups, library governance groups or committees, union leaders, student groups – anyone who’d like to honor the numerous contributions that library workers make throughout the year.
Has your library celebrated National Library Workers Day in the past? Is your library planning to recognize and honor your library workers this year? Tell us about your plans. Please send your ideas and information to email@example.com. They will be posted in Library Worklife, the official newsletter of the ALA-APA. If you tweet, use #nlwd14 or post to the ALA-APA’s Facebook page.