For Immediate Release
Friday, April 17, 2015
Contact: Meredith Beatrice
Secretary Detzner Recognizes Florida’s Libraries in Observance of National Library Week
In observance of National Library Week, which is sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country from April 12-18, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued the following statement:
“National Library Week is a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate Florida’s own libraries, and hardworking library staff, serving communities throughout the state.
“In addition to providing an abundance of literature, research and academic resources to Floridians, our libraries are important hubs of innovation serving their communities’ unique needs, providing support for education, workforce recovery and economic development.”
In Fiscal Year 2014, Florida’s public libraries were open more than 1.2 million hours serving more than 75 million library visitors in 553 different locations across the state. Public library users checked out more than 116 million items and had more than 22 million research questions answered.
About the Division of Library and Information Services
The Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services is the designated information resource provider for the Florida Legislature and all state agencies. The Division coordinates and helps fund activities of public libraries; provides a framework for statewide library initiatives; provides archival and records management services; and preserves, collects and makes available the published and unpublished documentary history of the state. Working in partnership with citizens, state employees, librarians, archivists and records managers, the Division seeks to ensure access to materials and information that benefit all of the people of Florida. For more information, visit info.florida.gov.