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National Library Week: National Library Workers Day

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What is National Library Workers Day?


NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Library Professional Facts


The ALA Allied Professional Association is a nonprofit organization chartered in the State of Illinois for the purpose of promoting “the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.” 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook

10 Ways to Celebrate National Library Workers Day

1. Libraries, library workers, managers, and patrons, did you know you can Submit a Star to honor a great worker, team, or department?

2. Libraries, library workers, and managers can also use the day as an opportunity to send out an all-user or all-department email in honor of NLWD, thanking staff or colleagues for their excellence.

3. Union locals can participate, too! Try hosting a NLWD celebration for members, or dedicating a member meeting to honor the day.

4. For librarian social groups and organizations, NLWD is a great time to organize a NLWD potluck or meet-up to celebrate and support each other’s expertise and talent.

5. Library workers can take the initiative by decorating staff spaces with organizing a get-together during break time to recognize the hard work that makes your library great.

6. State ALA Chapters, NLWD is a great opportunity for State ALA Chapters to celebrate and highlight the significant contributions of library workers in their state on their websites and in their publications.

7. Public Library Friends and Trustees can sponsor NLWD activities and gifts to thank and highlight library staff for their achievements and dedication.

8. Academic, School, and Special Libraries can circulate messages of thanks and gifts to busy staff.

9. Purchase an official NLWD poster, satchel or t-shirt from the ALA Store!

10 . And a heartfelt “thank you” to staff and colleagues is always free!

Created by the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries & Status of Library Workers

Library Associations

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