ALA-APA Director Grady discusses National Library Workers Day on Visibility podcast

Contact: Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communication

ALA Public Information Office



For Immediate Release

April 6, 2010

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, the ALA-APA will celebrate National Library Workers day, which is held each year during National Library Week.

A podcast featuring ALA-APA director Jenifer Grady can be seen by visiting the American Library Association Public Information Office blog, Visibility @ your library, In the podcast, Grady talks about National Library Workers Day and issues affecting library employees.

You are invited to name a “Star” library employee for the NLWD website at, 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.

This year, there is a special emphasis on the need for pay equity for library workers, even in this economy. There are ideas on building a case in the
Better Salaries and Pay Equity Toolkit. It will be followed a week later by Equal Pay Day on April 20, which was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. ALA-APA and ALA are also supporting the inclusion of library employees in the
Jobs for Main Street Act under discussion by Congress.

Become a fan of National Library Workers Day on and add your library’s celebratory photos and ideas. You may also purchase NLWD caps, shirts, and other gifts at the NLWD store on Café Press at

For more information about National Library Workers Day, please contact Jenifer Grady at or visit the National Library Workers Day website at

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