Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013
National Park Service libraries were featured in a full length cover story article entitled “Greeting from America’s National Park Libraries” in the May 2013 issue of the flagship publication of the American Libraries Association.
The three page article, written in an informative and inviting travelogue style, showcased a select group of NPS libraries across the country – the Bob Hope Memorial Library at the Statue of Liberty National Monument, the Science and Learning Center Library and the Richard M. Brown Memorial Library at Crater Lake National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park Research Library at Grand Canyon National Park, the Yosemite Research Library and the Sierra Club library in the LeConte Memorial Lodge at Yosemite National Park, and the Maritime Library at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
The article invites readers to learn about and explore these unique and hidden away library treasures with compelling descriptions and a decidedly retro graphic treatment and layout that brings to mind the heyday of American summer vacation travel postcards of the 1950s and 60s. The article mentions the professional work of NPS librarians Nancy Hori at the Pacific West Regional Library in Seattle, Jordan Yee at the SLC library at Crater Lake, and Ted McClure at the Grand Canyon.
American Libraries is the bi-monthly official magazine of the largest professional association representing the library profession, the American Libraries Association (ALA). ALA’s membership consists of 63,000 members who work in 122,000 libraries in America and elsewhere. In addition to coverstory status in the May issue, the article, which has elicited a good deal of reader interest, is featured online under the digital edition of the May issue in the publication’s “Trending Now” column of hot items. The article can be accessed at the “More Information” link below.
The article’s author, Maryann Hight, a reference and instruction librarian at California State University, Stanislaus, wrote and researched the article and NPS libraries after coming across an NPS library by chance. By tradition the May issue of American Libraries has a good deal of impact, as it is the last issue leading up to the association’s annual conference. For many academic and school libraries, the May issue precedes their summer hiatus and for public librarians summer reading programs include demand for travel information.
As Hight writes in the article in reference to National Park Service libraries, she has “chosen a few across the country for you to consider on your next national park visit, each featuring something special: history, architecture, collections, or just a gorgeous location.”