Submit a Star for National Library Workers Day on April 17, 2007

Contact: Jenifer Grady

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2007

Submit a Star for National Library Workers Day on April 17, 2007

CHICAGO - Start the celebration early for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) by submitting information about your favorite worker and what makes him or her special to the NLWD Stars Web site – NLWD is celebrated on Tuesday, April 17, during the American Library Association (ALA)-sponsored National Library Week.

NLWD is sponsored by ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Workers, which advocates for improving the salaries and status of librarians and support staff.

NLWD Stars will be featured on the National Library Workers Day site for one year. Stars will also be honored at the ALA Annual Conference. Download the free NLWD poster from, which tells patrons, trustees, and colleagues how to submit a Star. Self-nominations are accepted.

The deadline for submission is April 17.

NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Ideas for how to celebrate in your library are here: and (large file).

Shop at the ALA-APA NLWD Store on Café Press - - for “Libraries Work Because We Do” t-shirts, buttons, mugs and posters. A portion of the proceeds supports the activities of ALA-APA.

Libraries are encouraged to use National Library Workers Day to focus on the value of their staff: individuals or units responsible for the number of materials selected, acquired, cataloged, checked out and back in, and shelved; for handling requests and sending them to other libraries; for answering reference questions; for planning, publicizing and presenting programs; for developing and maintaining the library's Web site; for managing the library and for other elements of library service.

Customizable tools and materials in English and Spanish to help libraries promote National Library Workers Day in their local media are available on the ALA-APA Web site at

The list of NLWD Stars, will be updated weekly. Contact the ALA-APA Office if you have any questions or want to tell us how you will be celebrating – 800-545-2433, x2424 or

Equal Pay Day, on April 24, 2007, is closely related to NLWD because libraries are staffed predominately by women, and library workers tend to be underpaid. Equal Pay Day highlights the gap between the wages of men and women. For more information, see the NCPE website at

National Library Week (April 15-21) press materials, programming suggestions and display ideas can be found on the ALA Web site at in both English and Spanish. The theme for 2007 is “Come Together @ your library®.” The site includes a link to National Library Week products available from ALA Graphics, including posters, bookmarks and key chains.

Let’s celebrate the wonderful work of library employees on that day because, after all, Libraries Work Because We Do.