Monday, April 13, 2009

We Love National Library Week!

Happy National Library Week! The American Library Association's annual celebration honors the nation's libraries and librarians. This year's theme is: Worlds Connect @ Your Library. The NCC Libraries provide free Internet access at both locations, so take a moment to appreciate the fact that you can connect to your friends, family and loved ones no matter where they are in the world. Exercise your right to access information by visiting the NCC Libraries to use the computers, relax with the newest issue of a magazine, or pick up a book to read. Some facts about libraries and books:

  • There are more than 120,000 libraries in the United States. This figure includes public libraries, school (grades K-12) libraries and academic (college/university) libraries. Did you know that there are also many special libraries? Medical libraries, law libraries and corporate libraries are just a few examples. Librarians also work in archives, museums and historical societies, and help with genealogical research.

  • There are more than 130,000 professional librarians in America, who hold a master's degree in library and information science. There are also close to 200,000 paraprofessional library workers across the country, who may have undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines or other job training. Northampton Community College offers a specialized diploma program, available via online learning, for students who would like to work as Library Technical Assistants. Tuesday, April 14, is National Library Worker's Day, so be sure to tell your favorite NCC Library staff members how much you appreciate what they do!

  • Looking for some classic books to read? Check out Time magazine's choices for the Top 100 Novels of All Time.
Want to read some interesting books about librarians and the library profession? The NCC Libraries have some titles for you!

Quiet, Please: Dispatches From a Public Librarian

by Scott Douglas
Z 720 .D68 A3 2008 New Books section

The Library at Night
by Alberto Manguel
Z 721 .M25 2008 New Books section

Dewey: A Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World
by Vicki Myron
SF 445.5 .M97 2008 New Books section

Library facts courtesy of:
American Library Association.
Number of Libraries in the United States. Fact Sheet 1. Jan. 2009. 04 March 2009.

American Library Association.

Number Employed in Libraries. Fact Sheet 2. Jan 2009. 04 March 2009.

Illustration credit:
ALA-Allied Professional Association. "National Library Workers Day 2009." 7 April 2009.

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