Monday, April 14, 2008

National Library Week Celebrates 50th Anniversary

CHICAGO — Communities across the country will celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers by offering special programs and services during National Library Week, April 13-19, [2008].

This year, National Library Week marks its 50th anniversary with the theme “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library®.” All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate.

This year’s National Library Week honorary chair is the beloved entertainer and author Julie Andrews, known for her roles in such classic movies as “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” and such books as Thanks to You—Wisdom from Mother and Child and The Great American Mousical. In her role as chair, Andrews has produced a series of television and radio Public Service Announcements for National Library Week.

National Library Week events include the celebration of National Library Workers Day on April 15; Support Teen Literature Day on April 17, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the ALA; Gaming@ your library, a series of special gaming programs and events, on April 18; and the release of the 2007 State of America’s Libraries (SAL) report on April 14. In addition to National Library Week, many school libraries also celebrate the month of April as School Library Media Month, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the ALA.

Launched in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the ALA and libraries across the country to honor the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. For more information on National Library Week, please visit the Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site at

From the ALA website:

Quotable facts about Texas academic libraries:

★ Texas college and university
librarians answer an average of
71,601 reference questions in a
typical week. That’s more answers
than people living in Galveston.
★ College libraries receive only
about 4 cents of every dollar spent
on higher education.
★ In a typical week, more than
1.2 million students and faculty
visit Texas college and university

Did You Know?

★ Texans make more than 100
million visits to libraries each
year—that’s enough attendance
to fill the Ballpark in Arlington
to capacity for the next 2,100
home games.
★ Texas libraries spent an average
of about $18 per capita for public
library service in 2003. For a
family of four, that’s library service
for a year for only about $72. It
would cost $130 for the same
family to attend Six Flags Over
Texas for one day.
★ In 2005, library services received
$32 million less in state funds
than in 2002.



UNT Dallas Campus students, faculty, and staff have access to electronic materials as well as print and media housed in libraries on the Denton Campus. Among those are:

*Books and bound journals accessible through the catalog: 1,754,856
*Government documents: 420,088
*Electronic subscriptions: 24,544
*Electronic databases: 365

*Expenditures for electronic materials: $3,697,856
(Your library fees at work!)

Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus

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