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U of M’s Ned McWherter Library Will Observe National Library Workers Day April 12

For release: April 11, 2011
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843

Behind the checkout desk, libraries are complex organizations that, to function smoothly, depend on the work of many people doing many different types of work. Because most of those people are seldom seen, or acknowledged, the University of Memphis will give them their day in the spotlight tomorrow, April 12th, which is National Library Workers Day, during National Library Week.

The recognition ceremony will run from 10:45 to 11:40 a.m. in the rotunda of the Ned R. McWherter Library on the U of M campus.

Speakers will include Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, U of M Provost Ralph Faudree, and Dr. Sylverna Ford, dean of University Libraries, and Student Government Association President Hunter Lang.

Key times during the event are:

11 a.m.       Group photo of all U of M library workers

11:15 a.m.  Welcome by Dr. Ford

11:20 a.m.  Lang on the importance of libraries for students

11:25 a.m.  Dr. Faudree on the importance of libraries for faculty

11:30 a.m.  Mayor Wharton on the importance of libraries to communities

11:35 a.m.  Mayor Luttrell on the importance of library employees

11:40 a.m.  Tours of the McWherter Library

Details are available from James Hudson,, 901-678-1634.

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