Photo Gallery: The Wirtz Labor Library
(January 3, 2013)
- Former librarian Helen M. Steele performs a formal reference interview. These interviews still take place today primarily through phone and email.
- Librarians Lena Notson and Alyce Thomas had to sort and file periodicals by hand using tools like the binders and broadside racks shown above. Today, periodicals are managed with electronic databases allowing the Wirtz staff to search thousands of publications with the click of a button.
- The library's historic card catalog has moved with the library and, while most records are now electronic, still serves as an important tool for researching the department's earliest publications.
- In 2000, Alexis Herman dedicated the Wirtz Labor Library. Mr. and Mrs. Wirtz were in attendance.
- Special collections including the Folio collection, George Meany Archive, and James Taylor room contain materials going back to the 1700’s. These items are especially historic and unique - often the only copy still available to researchers.
- Today, Wirtz Labor Library serves the needs of the department’s many employees and regional offices as both a research and law library. Materials are kept in a variety of formats including print, digital, and microfiche.