Worlds Connect @ Your Library Being Celebrated at SWOSU


The Al Harris Library at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford is celebrating National Library Week April 12-18 by offering a variety of activities to celebrate libraries and their role in higher education.

The nationwide theme this year is Worlds Connect @ Your Library.

The Al Harris Library will host an open house event to showcase its new SWOSU Digital Repository to all faculty, staff, students, alumni and community guests who are interested in witnessing the digital preservation of the university's historical documents. Throughout the week, the library will provide activities for faculty, staff, and students including contests and free giveaways.

"Everyday, libraries in big cities and small towns, colleges and universities, in schools and in businesses help transform their communities," says Jason Dupree, head of public services at the SWOSU Al Harris Library.  "At our library, people of all backgrounds come together for meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get help finding a job, to check out a book or DVD, and to use a computer for research and email."

The SWOSU library is also participating in a watch party in the news room of a PBS special, "We Shall Remain," an event co-sponsored with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal College and the SWOSU Native American Club. The series focuses on Native American history and its integral role in shaping the United States. Airings will take place on the Mondays of April 20, 27 and May 4 at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. 

For more information, visit the Al Harris Library, call Dupree at 580.774.3031 or see the library's Web site at