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Canadian Library Workers Day 2018

Canadian Library Workers Day – October 19, 2018

October 11, 2018

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) has declared the third Friday in October to be Canadian Library Workers Day.

“Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education, about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.” –Neil Gaiman

October brings Canadian Library Month, an annual celebration of libraries, library workers, and the services they provide to their communities. Libraries are the crux of knowledge, community engagement and social awareness.

Of course, these important support systems can only be achieved through the work of the people within the library. Without library workers libraries simply cannot function. Libraries rely on their staff to work with the communities they support and to help libraries and communities grow. The vital contribution of library workers to libraries and communities across our country deserves national recognition.

CFLA-FCAB has designated the third Friday in October as Canadian Library Workers Day. CLWD is a day for Canadians to recognize the valuable contributions made by all those who work in and for the public, academic, school, government, academic, corporate and private libraries that are integral to our communities.

On behalf of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération Canadienne des Associations de Bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) we are very pleased to proclaim October 19, 2018 as Canadian Library Workers Day.

Alix-Rae Stefanko
Chair, CFLA-FCAB

(Via Canadian Federation of Library Associations)

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2 responses to Canadian Library Workers Day – October 19, 2018

  1. Diane Smele says:

    So lovely to see!!! I feel that school board library technicians are often lumped into clerical staff celebrations without any acknowledgement of how we take on the daily running of libraries. So lovely to see a day dedicated to library support staff! Thanks!!!

  2. John Alexander Murray says:

    Often the workers rise to the occasion during tough times, anti-union sentiment, occasionally silly, hurtful board member comments and under informed professional librarians in management. Professionally trained librarians often will throw their lesser trained colleagues, workers, under the bus, in advancing their own career, creating communication hurdles, using stereotypical language, sweeping naiive generalizations and sycophancy. Congratulations to all who work in Libraries, particularly Regional Library systems, on their special day.

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