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National Library Week: Librarianship as an Occupation and Profession | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business

April 8, 2021 by Natalie Burclaff

This post was written by Lynn Weinstein a Business Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division.

Jewish children listening to A Legend of the Northern Lights (N. American Indian) / Beals, N.Y. 1910. Photo: Jessie Tarbox Beals, photographer. Warren Coville Collection of Iconic Photojournalism Images. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Portrait of America. No. 106. Vassar – A famous American college for women. 7 – The Easy-To-Use Library. ca. 1944. Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Library of Congress.

I have been teleworking since last March, due to the pandemic, and as I reflect on librarianship as a profession during National Library Week (April 4 – 10, 2021), I consider how we as librarians have tried to serve our greater community and how this has challenged and enhanced our outreach initiatives and skills.

The field of library and information science is filled with professionals passionate about making a positive impact, and dedicating themselves to continuous learning.

As the amount of information available to end users has soared and new technologies have become available, the position of the librarian has changed. Today, there are many paths that individuals can take to explore a passion for library and information science.

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National Library Week: Welcome to Your Library, In Person or Virtually | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business

April 7, 2021 by Natalie Burclaff

This post was written by Lynn Weinstein a Business Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division.

On wifi in front of Justin Morrill Memorial & Harris Library, Strafford, VT. July 2011. Photo: Robert Dawson, photographer. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Rights restricted, used with photographer’s permission.

This year’s National Library Week (April 4 – 10, 2021) is being celebrated with the theme “Welcome to Your Library,” which recognizes the importance of delivering library services beyond the traditional brick and mortar library, particularly during challenging times, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In the past year, we have seen libraries respond to patrons’ needs by providing curbside service and opening for school children needing internet access to complete homework assignments, as well as for seniors requiring computers to make vaccination appointments.

Some library workers have been recruited by their communities to serve as contact tracers because of their reference interviewing and organizational skills.

Source: National Library Week: Welcome to Your Library, In Person or Virtually | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business

National Library Week | Conferences & Events

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National Library Week 2021:

Welcome to Your Library –The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services.

During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users.

Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.

Editor’s Note: See the page for ideas, graphics to use, ideas for promoting your libraries during NLW…

Source: National Library Week | Conferences & Events

National Library Week: Andrew Carnegie built 1,700 public libraries. But some towns refused his money. – The Washington Post

After a deadly strike at a Carnegie steel plant, some working-class communities refused to erect buildings bearing his name. He transformed the country’s cultural landscape anyway.

Source: National Library Week: Andrew Carnegie built 1,700 public libraries. But some towns refused his money. – The Washington Post

Librarians: Knowledge Curators for Our Communities | Sojourners

Librarians are on the front lines of the information explosion.

Source: Librarians: Knowledge Curators for Our Communities | Sojourners

The World’s Most Interesting (and Accessible) Library Collections | Travel | Smithsonian

Libraries have existed in some form for as long as books themselves. More than just repositories of printed material, libraries serve as protectors of history and curators of knowledge—not to mention beautiful spaces that inspire us. And while National Library Week (April 12–18) celebrates American libraries and librarians, it’s also a good excuse to spotlight the collections of amazing libraries around the world. The institutions below have some of the most exciting collections, exhibitions and history around—and most importantly, they’re not just hallowed halls accessible to only the most august of scholars, but spaces open for the public to explore and enjoy, with frequently fascinating objects on display.

via The World’s Most Interesting (and Accessible) Library Collections | Travel | Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)