U.S. Department of Labor seeks recommendations

In honor of its Centennial this past year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL): in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress: is developing a list of Books that Shaped Work in America.

The idea for this list derived from the Books that Shaped America exhibition sponsored by the Library of Congress in 2012. This exhibition endeavored to spark a national conversation about the impact of books on overall American life and culture. Not surprisingly, many of the books included in the exhibition address issues related to work. But it was the wide range of books with work as a central theme that really served to underscore the significant role published works have played in shaping American workers and workplaces.

DOL's 100th anniversary presents an opportune time to further explore and discuss the relationship between books and work through the development of a list of Books that Shaped Work in America. To help get started, a diverse cross-section of individuals, including several former Secretaries of Labor, have shared their suggestions. But the DOL is also looking for recommendations from the general public. To recommend a book, click here.

Of course, the list of Books that Shaped Work in America is, and always will be, a work in progress, since: like America itself: work is constantly changing and evolving.

To explore the list of recommended books and the notable contributors to date, click here.