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Connecticut Library Association

Joint Official Statement


WHEREAS, there are hundreds of public, academic, school, governmental, and specialized libraries in Connecticut and they provide excellent and invaluable service to library users regardless of age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background;

WHEREAS, libraries provide hundreds of thousands of people with the knowledge and information they need to live, learn and work in the 21st Century;

WHEREAS, librarians and library support staff bring the state a world of knowledge in person and online, as well as personal service and expert assistance in finding what is needed when it is needed.

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize the unique contributions of all library workers and the value to individuals and society of those contributions;

WHEREAS, a steady stream of recruits to library work is necessary to maintain the vitality of library services in today's information society;

WHEREAS, librarians and other library workers must be brought to the table at public policy discussions on key issues, such as intellectual freedom, equity of access, and narrowing the digital divide;

WHEREAS, the funding of libraries and salaries for library workers must be increased to attract more talented people to work in our nation's libraries and to ensure that these vital services are delivered each day;

WHEREAS, libraries, library workers, and library supporters across America and Connecticut are celebrating National Library Workers Day sponsored by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association.

THEREFORE, be it resolved that I Kendall F. Wiggin, State Librarian and Les Kozerowitz, President, Connecticut Library Association, proclaim, Tuesday, April 20, 2004, as the first annual "National Library Workers Day in Connecticut." We encourage all in this state to take advantage of the variety of library resources available and to thank library workers for their exceptional contributions to American life.

Signed this 10th day of March 2004, in Hartford, Connecticut,

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Kendall F. Wiggin Les Kozerowitz
Connecticut State Librarian President, Connecticut Library Association