[Libs-Or] Rep. Grijalva secures amendment to include ‘libraries’ in student aid bill

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 13:46:17 PDT 2009

Rep. Grijalva secures amendment to include ‘libraries’ in student aid bill
<http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=3668> September 17th, 2009 |
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Contact: Jenni Terry <jterry at alawash.org>

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association applauds Rep. Raúl
Grijalva (AZ-7) for championing an amendment to include “community college
libraries” in the bill text of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act
of 2009 (H.R. 3221) passed by the House of Representatives today.

Introduced by Rep. George Miller (CA-7), H.R. 3221 would establish two new
competitive grant programs providing states and junior and community
colleges the opportunity to apply for funds to launch initiatives to improve
graduation and employment-related outcomes.

The original bill language did not explicitly include community college
libraries as potential recipients of the grants, which the ALA believes is
essential for highlighting the important role libraries play in preparing
students to successfully obtain and retain employment and for encouraging
community colleges pursuing the grants to invest in their libraries and the
services and resources they offer.

“This is a great bill that will help those students and communities that
depend on the community college library for assistance with entering and
staying in the workforce,” Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA
Washington Office, said.


Diedre Conkling
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR  97365
Work phone & fax:  541-265-3066
Work email:  diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email:  diedre08 at gmail.com
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