National library week began in 1958 as a national observance of libraries across the country, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). It began in the mid-1950s after research showed that Americans were spending less time with books and more time on radios, televisions, and musical instruments. The ALA and the American Book Publishers responded by creating an organization in 1954 called the National Book Committee. By 1957 the committee developed a national plan for a library week hoping to encourage more people to read and thus support their local library. In 1959, the ALA voted National Library Week to be an annual celebration. In 1974, the ALA assumed full sponsorship of the annual event. Taking place each April, National Library week is a chance to celebrate all of the contributions that libraries and library staff have made in our nation while encouraging continued support for the library. During National Library week, libraries of all kind including public, academic, school and special collectively participate.
Within the each national library week, other celebrations take place that include, National Library Workers Day (usually celebrated on the Tuesday of national library week), National Bookmobile Day (celebrated the Wednesday of national library week), and Support Teen Literature Day, (celebrated on the Thursday of national library week).
As part of the Harper College Library’s celebration of national library week, the library conducted Library Snapshot Day, 2011. Included are over thirty pictures that capture a typical day at the Harper College Library. Feel free to explore the different pictures taken of the Harper College Library by clicking on the picture you want to see for a larger image. Have fun exploring and we at the Harper College Library will see you later! –Nick Hyten, Harper College Library practicum student
Here are Harper College Library’s 3rd annual Edible Book Contest winners:
Most Popular: Starship Troopers by Cheyne Hanoski
Best Pun: Little Bo Peep by Carol Thomas
Best Children’s Book: Green Eggs and Ham by Monica Vallenos
Most Literary: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Callan Evans and Meaghan Foley
Best Adult Book: Under the Tuscan Sun by Erin Zitsch and Allison Wouters
On October 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM in Building E, Room E106, there will be a showing of “Fuel” followed by lecture/discussion with the filmmakers.
Harper College Library owns the DVD of FUEL you can borrow (please click the image below):
For the month of October, the Harper College Library will be collecting books for donation to South Campus, a local 1st – 12th grade therapeutic day school for students with special needs.
You can help to enrich their classroom environment with donations of new and gently used children’s and young adult books. Please bring the books to the Library or to the donation boxes in the Division Offices on campus.
Call the Library for more info 847-925-6584.
“There are many little ways to enlarge a child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
-Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Next week, Tuesday on October 5, Reed Timmer, the host of “Extreme Storm Chasing” will be on campus. For more information, click here. Harper College Library owns two DVDs related to this topic. Please check these out:
Tornado Glory and Hunt for the Supertwister
This week marks the first national Preservation Week, which is a public awareness campaign about collections preservation.
Libraries across the U.S. will provide information and expertise on how to preserve collectables, photos, family records and other valuable materials.
“Libraries offer more than just books, they also are an excellent resource for high-quality information and expertise on how to preserve family keepsakes,” said ALA President Camila Alire. “Preserving items such as old photographs, letters, collectables and family movies, provides a map of the past and access to a full range of information that can impact the future.”
The Preservation Week Web site (www.ala.org/preservationweek) provides excellent resources, tracks programs across the country, enables people to share their stories, and provides information on a wide variety of preservation issues.
Here’s a press release from the American Library Association (ALA) about Choose Privacy Week.
CHICAGO – In the past, privacy could be protected by closing a curtain, sealing a record, or simply choosing not to share one’s information. But in today’s digital environment, more and more of our personal information exists online, available and vulnerable to anyone with prying eyes and access to a computer. This makes individual control over one’s personal information a vital and compelling concern for Americans today.
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom has established Choose Privacy Week, May 2-8, to help libraries work with their communities around these complicated but vital issues. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a freedom that librarians defend every day.
Choose Privacy Week invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives individuals the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.
“People today are disclosing personal information more than ever, often without an opportunity to consider how that information is being used or by whom,” said ALA President Camila Alire. “Privacy has emerged as a complex, important issue that Americans must grapple with daily. It is also a fundamental right, and a necessary condition for the unique and important work of American libraries – facilitating open access to information for all.”
Librarians have a long history of protecting the rights of people to read, learn, and be curious, because the freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy. This makes libraries ideal places for people to think and talk about privacy today.
“Libraries can play an important role in helping their users understand the rules of the game,” said Barbara Jones, director, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. “More importantly, librarians — as long-standing defenders of intellectual freedom — can spark the sort of wide-ranging conversations in communities across America that can crystallize this otherwise amorphous issue.”
For more information on Choose Privacy Week, visit www.privacyrevolution.org.
View the trailer for the short film “Choose Privacy Week”: Choose Privacy Week Trailer from 20K Films on Vimeo.
If you’re interested, view the entire 23 minute short film. It provides lots of food for thought about your right to privacy in this digital age: Choose Privacy Week Video from 20K Films on Vimeo.