HPU Libraries Lead: Celebrate National Library Week 2018

This year, April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. HPU Libraries join libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through transformative services, programs and expertise. Academic libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging campus centers where students, faculty and staff can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

From the days of the card catalog to today’s “library in your pocket,” libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve, and academic libraries are no exception. Changes in the scholarly communication landscape are pervasive and ongoing, requiring increasingly flexible and responsive library staff and spaces. Access to resources like academic e-books, scholarly journal content, and online databases coupled with research services, citation help and technology workshops are just a few ways academic libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities.

Libraries help lead by advocating for access to crucial services and resources to promote lifelong learning. Libraries level the playing field for all students and faculty who seek information and access to technologies to improve their research.

Students and faculty can also develop their own leadership skills at the libraries, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming. We even maintain a special leadership-focused collection you can browse at the Qubein School of Communication. If you don’t know where to start, we recommend checking out a book authored by Dr. Nido Qubein.

We also have a convenient selection of leadership eBooks you can use to brush up on your leadership skills anytime, from anywhere! Below are a few recently published selections. Click on a cover below to open the eBook.


Smith Library is celebrating National Library Week with an interactive display near the reference desk. You can call, chat, or drop by Smith Library any time—day or night—and let us know where libraries lead you!

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. To learn more about National Library Week, check out the fact sheet at the American Library Association.