National Library Week and Snapshot Day 2012

Todd Vandenbark

Across the U.S., libraries, their staff and supporters are celebrating “National Library Week” to highlight how libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, English as second language and citizenship classes and many other creative and resourceful programs.

Here in the Beehive State, our participation in this celebration is called “Utah Libraries SNAPSHOT DAY 2012: one day in the life of Utah Libraries.” All kinds of libraries — academic, public, bookmobiles, school, tribal and special libraries — will be recording with stories, photographs, and statistics the indisputable proof that libraries consistently provide invaluable services to our constituents.

Eccles Library’s designated “Snapshot Day” is today, April 11, 2012, and we will be documenting our service to the community in a variety of ways:

  • Tracking basic statistics such as hours open, total visitors, items borrowed, etc.
  • Inviting patrons to share brief testimonials of how libraries (and, specifically, Eccles Library) make a difference in their lives.
  • Photographing (with written permission) patrons using library services and attending library programs.

A brief questionnaire is available at the front desk. Please take just a couple of minutes to share how Eccles Library has helped or supported your resource needs. All information gathered will be shared with the Utah State Library to document the positive impact libraries services make every day in communities statewide.

Libraries provide informative programming, and Eccles Library is no exception. Be sure to attend today’s LIFT Forum, where Jake O’Connor will speak on “How to Effectively Use YouTube in the Workplace.” More information is available in an earlier post and on LIFT Forum page.

What positive impact have libraries had in your life? How has the Eccles Health Sciences Library helped you? Tell us about it!