Libraries have always been an important resource to our communities, and they are becoming an increasingly invaluable resource to genealogists and family historians everywhere. Many libraries hold multiple public record databases and thousands of archived newspaper pages for amateur and expert genealogists alike to use in their research.
However, in the midst of the recent economic downturn, many libraries have been losing funding. But this is the time that the country needs libraries the most: each year, an estimated 32.5 million Americans use libraries to do schoolwork or learn about college degree and certificate programs. About 30 million Americans use libraries for job hunting, resume-building, and learning more about different career paths each year. Furthermore, libraries are an important resource for our nation’s children, who attend after-school library programs to enhance their lives.
In honor of National Library Week 2011, family history site Archives.com has put together a white paper and visual graphic displaying libraries’ importance to genealogists and communities alike, as well as their financial predicament in recent times. You can view these resources at http://www.archives.com/blog/industry-news/national-library-week-2011.html.
We encourage you to help us celebrate National Library Week by supporting your local library. And don’t forget to thank your local librarian this week for all their hard work!