Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Importance of Libraries - National Library Week

Today is the last day of National Library Week, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't celebrate libraries all year. I encourage all of you to support your local public library and your school libraries. I'm ending the week with a posting from

The Importance of Libraries in Genealogical Research

In honor of National Library Week, has put together a white paper and visual graphic about libraries’ importance to our communities and to genealogists, and some of the difficulties they have been facing during the economic downturn.

This is their white paper.

National Library Week 2011: The Importance of Libraries in Genealogical Research

Posted on April 11, 2011

Libraries have long been an important resource for genealogists and family historians, and the advent of sophisticated digital archiving technology has further solidified their integral role to the family history researcher. Many libraries boast multiple public record databases and decades of archived newspaper pages, in addition to many other historical resources.

Unfortunately, in recent years, many libraries have been forced to cut back due to budget restrictions. That's why, in honor of National Library Week this week, we have started an awareness campaign to help keep local libraries well-funded and operational within our communities.

With the help of one of our expert genealogists, Kathleen Brandt, we conducted interviews with several important researchers and compiled our findings into a white paper, which you can download below.

White paper: The Importance of Libraries to Family Historians

Additionally, we've put together a visual graphic representing this pivotal moment for the American library system, taking a look at American attitudes toward libraries and reviewing their financial predicament.

We are asking every single librarian, teacher, and concerned citizen to help us spread the message of why libraries are important to the family history community. If you would like to take part in our awareness campaign, please share these resources with your readers, friends, and family, and help us celebrate National Library Week!

You may join the cause and share this post on library websites, blogs and Facebook/Twitter (shortened URL for tweets that we’ve been using:!

Happy National Library Week 2011!

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Kay said...

Amen and amen! People truly have no idea how much impact libraries have on society as whole. I hope they don't have to find out what it would be like without them. :-)

Lesa said...

Unfortunately, so many people are finding out as libraries cut back and even close. It breaks my heart, Kay.