[Libs-Or] [District Dispatch] ALA: Senate.gov highlights National Library Week

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 13:38:15 PDT 2009

ALA: Senate.gov highlights National Library Week
<http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=2536> April 16th, 2009

*CONTACT:* Jenni Terry <jterry at alawash.org>

*WASHINGTON, D.C.* – The American Library Association (ALA) says the
Senate’s tribute to National Library Week on the Senate homepage,
Senate.gov, brings attention to the importance of libraries and the
difference libraries are making in the lives of millions of Americans.

“The ALA appreciates the Senate for making note of National Library Week on
its Web site this week and for reminding the Congress and all those who use
their own libraries on a daily basis of the myriad contributions libraries
make in today’s information-driven world,” ALA President Jim Rettig said.

“With more Americans turning to libraries during this time of economic
downturn, bringing awareness to libraries and the services they provide such
as help with job searching, resume building, skills training and financial
literacy is critically important.”

National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our
nation’s libraries and librarians, held on the third week of April.

The message on the Senate homepage noted that the reference section of
Senate.gov was created by librarians, and it provides guidance to help
citizens find U.S. Senate information.

“Libraries are not just about books, they are about people and communities,”
said U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). “They bring people together at a place
where they can expand their horizons.  Celebrating National Library Week is
a great way to recognize the valuable contributions libraries make to our
families, communities and the nation.”

Diedre Conkling
diedre08 at gmail.com
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