National Library Workers Day Statistical Wrap-Up

National Library Workers Day worked because you did! Employees and patrons from all around the country submitted 490 Stars this year. In addition, friends and colleagues submitted 17 ALA Stars.

Fifty-five percent of nominees work in public libraries, 16 percent in elementary/middle/high schools, 26 percent in colleges and universities and 4 percent in other (special, government) libraries. ALA-APA President Loriene Roy selected twenty Stars to receive NLWD tote bags.

The Star who received the most nominations was Ann from an academic library in Glendale, AZ. Fourteen friends and/or colleagues submitted her name. And why is Ann a Star? “She knew what we needed BEFORE we needed it,”says Dianna; “she is always so positive and encouraging,” notes Anonymous; “she is prompt with her responses and always has a cheerful helping demeanor,” says Leslie.

Second only to Ann in the greatest number of nominations is Cindy, also from an Arizona library. Cindy, who works in a school library, was nominated by eight friends and/or colleagues. Why is Cindy a Star? Says Adrienne, “She makes our school great and really makes it possible for every teacher here to elevate the level of our teaching!” Mark asserts that “she is the most knowledgeable and helpful librarian in our entire district.” Congratulations to Ann and Cindy for making an impact on so many people, and thanks to these nominators for noticing and celebrating professional excellence!

In the analysis of Stars by state/district population, Arizona and North Dakota led the pack for nominations/population with 59 stars and 3 stars, respectively. These states had the highest percentage of nominees based on their populations. Nine states/regions submitted no stars: District of Columbia, Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, Hawaii, Connecticut, South Dakota, Utah and Rhode Island.

Interestingly, Nevada and North Carolina, which were in the bottom 10 percent by nominations/population in 2007, now rank in the top 10 percent in 2008. However, in 2007, Massachusetts, Wyoming and District of Columbia all ranked in the top 10 percent of nominations/population. These states/district all rank in the bottom 10 percent in 2008.

You may read about the incredible people in your state’s libraries on the NLWD site—www.ala-apa.org/nlwd/.

Top 10 NLWD Stars States by population, 2007 and 2008

2008 2007

Arizona

Arizona

North Dakota

District of Columbia

Virginia

Virginia

Illinois

South Carolina

Maine

Louisiana

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Florida

Wyoming

North Carolina

Maine

Nevada

Michigan

South Carolina

Kansas


Pictures of Stars celebration provided by Craig Fansler, Preservation Librarian of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The library, which serves Wake Forest University, “honored workers by hosting a breakfast for library staff on Tuesday, April 15, 2008,” says Fansler. In addition to hosting a staff breakfast, library employees created a banner “in the public area of the library with a LWD star for each library team.  Each Team Star has a photo of individuals on the team and their names.” Thanks to Fansler for photos of the event, and congratulations to the employees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library!