National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day

Once every few years the dates for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day coincide with one another.  This is one of those years.  Both will be held on April 10, 2018 and we are encouraging individuals, groups, and libraries to celebrate both days together. 

The original resolution for the celebration of NLWD was proposed to recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of librarians and library support staff.  It was proposed that the Tuesday of National Library Week be designated the day; and, that on that day, interested library workers, library groups, and libraries should advocate for better compensation for all library workers.  On this day, library organizations are encouraged to host a celebration and submit a star to honor a great worker, team or department by visiting the NLWD website (www.ala-apa.org/nlwd).  This year we are very excited to announce that organizations can purchase an official NLWD poster, satchel or t-shirt directly from the ALA Store!  Additionally, thanks to the assistance of the ALA Archives, we will once again be able to travel back in time to view photos of library workers across several decades.  If you want to view or share the posts, just like us on the NLWD Facebook page or follow the APA’s Twitter feed @alaapa.  Be sure to use the hashtag #NLWD18.

Equal Pay Day was first originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer into the next year for the same amount of pay men earned in the previous year. Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week. Although all women lag behind men, data shows that among full-time workers, African American, Latina and Native American women had lower median weekly earnings than White women and Asian women. Why should libraries celebrate this day? As a female dominated profession (over 85%) pay equity is an issue that affects all library workers regardless of gender. Additionally, ALA was one of NCPE’s charter members and currently, ALA-APA is one of its 94 organizational members. On April 10, 2018, we are asking library workers to “wear red” to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay.

To share stories or plans on how a library organization plans to celebrate, articles can be sent to: libraryworklife@ala.org.