Library Week

Want to know more about National Library Week and our campus librarian… here is what Doug Murdock has to say about it…

“National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958, and is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. They wanted a time each year when the whole country could celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

It came about because in the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. There were concerns that everyone was reading less, so the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizen’s organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The goals of the committee included “…encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time, improving incomes and health, and developing strong and happy family life.”

I grew up around libraries. My mom was a librarian, and I spent many happy weekends at her library watching people and reading anything I could get my hands on. By the time I graduated from high school I probably had read almost everything in the library.
I “tried on” several professions in college, including education and anthropology; I even got a Master’s Degree in anthropology. I couldn’t get away from the feeling that I wanted to work in libraries, having spent so much time in them in high school and college. To do this, however, I needed an additional Master’s Degree in library science.

I was accepted into the library Science Master’s program at Case Western Reserve University, one of the top five library programs in the country at the time, got a scholarship and a stipend (living expenses) by working in the law school library.
I graduated in 1982, and have been employed in libraries or in doing research for my own and other companies ever since. The libraries I’ve been employed at include Creighton University Law School Library, Sioux Falls (now Sioux land Libraries) and here.”

Thank you Doug for all your hard work in the GU-Sioux Falls library.