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UW Libraries to participate in statewide Snapshot Day April 12

April 4, 2011


Contact: Jill McKinstry
Head of Odegaard Undergraduate Library
(206) 685-3933

Media Contact: A.C. Petersen
Libraries Communications Officer
(206) 543-9389


The University of Washington Libraries will participate in Library Snapshot Day, April 12. For one day, Libraries staff and students will wield cameras, solicit comments, and gather statistics for a 24-hour period to illustrate the value of libraries through stories, photographs and statistics. The event covers UW Libraries from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island to UW Tacoma and Bothell, to the UW Health Sciences Library.

The day is part of a nationwide event during Library Week (April 10-16), as well as a Washington state-wide effort by libraries to to gather photos and comments to illustrate the wide range of activities and resources, many of which are be behind-the-scenes.The first photo could be at 12:01 am in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, where UW students take advantage of 24-hour help and study space from Monday through Thursday.

UW students, faculty and staff will be invited to post photos and comments via Facebook and Twitter <#UWLibSnap11> or share photos and videos on Flickr <http://www.flickr.com/groups/uwlibsnap11/> — and to complete the sentence, “The Libraries are important to me because _______ ."— in person at any library, or electronically.

Dean of Libraries, Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson is excited about highlighting the wide array of services through photos and patron comments, stating, “the academic community relies heavily on our resources and expertise, both online and in person. We're eager to share those moments with the broader community.” She continues, “our role in the lives of undergraduates, researchers and faculty is usually without fanfare, as we are a part of the fabric of discovery and knowledge at the UW, fulfilling our mission of ‘Connecting people with knowledge.”

The University of Washington Libraries is a network of more than 17 units serving three campuses: Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma. Major facilities include Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, Odegaard Undergraduate Library and the Health Sciences Library, as well as subject-oriented libraries. For Libraries news, events and exhibits, visit http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/news


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contact: A.C. Petersen, Libraries Communications Officer