February 17, 2018

Sen. Reed Honored by Rhode Island Librarians

By LJ Staff

Over 100 librarians and library supporters gathered to show their appreciation for Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed at the William Hall Library in Cranston on January 5. Reed was selected as the 2002 Politician of the Year by Library Journal. Though the reauthorization of the Library Services and Technology Act has stalled in the House of Representatives, Reed told librarians that “I have received signals that Republicans on both the Senate and House Education Committees are interested in moving this bill quickly in the new Congress. I will be making the case anew for the need to pass this legislation at the earliest date possible.” He added, “Libraries have been the foundation of education for years and they are also vital sources of strength for our democracy. They are hollowed ground and common ground, and they are more important than ever in this new century.” The reception was sponsored by the Rhode Island Library Association, Rhode Island Educational Media Association, the Coalition of Library Advocates, and the Office of Library and Information Services.