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House passes resolution honoring National Library Week

H. Res. 1222 supporting the goals and ideals of National Library Week: April 13, 2010 Congressional Record – House H2465

  • “H. RES. 1222 Whereas the Nation’s school, academic, public, and special libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people in the United States, today, more than ever; Whereas librarians are trained professionals, helping people of all ages and backgrounds backgrounds find and interpret the information they need to live, learn, and work in a challenging economy; Whereas libraries are part of the American Dream, places for opportunity, education,
    self-help, and lifelong learning; Whereas according to a December 2008 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, public library use increased to 1,400,000,000 visits nationwide during fiscal year 2006, among all types of library users, continuing a long term trend of increased library usage; Whereas libraries play a vital role in supporting the quality of life in their communities;
    Whereas libraries help people of all ages discover a world of knowledge, both in person and online, as well as provide personal service and assistance in finding needed information; Whereas libraries are a key player in the national discourse on intellectual freedom and equity of access; Whereas libraries are narrowing the “digital divide’”, by providing no-fee public computer and Internet access to accommodate the growing need for access to digital and online information, including e-government, continuing education, and employment opportunities; Whereas in 71 percent of communities, libraries have the only no-fee public computers; and Whereas libraries, librarians, library workers, and supporters across the United States will celebrate National Library Week, April 11–17, 2010…”
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