Pennsylvania State Librarian Mary Clare Zales Delivers Exceptional Testimony Before Congress

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Mary Clare Zales appeared before the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities September 11, delivering a strong message on the significant role that libraries play in American communities in the 21st Century.

Ms. Zales was joined by several other witnesses, including Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Suzanne LeBlanc, Executive Director of the Long Island Children’s Museum, fellow librarian Anna Nunez, Executive Director of the Arizona Health Science Library, and Eric Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Chairwoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), ranking subcommittee member Congressman Todd Russell Platts (R-PA), and fellow members of the subcommittee demonstrated great interest in the testimony of Ms. Zales and her fellow witnesses. Subcommittee members noted their support for libraries, asked several important follow-up questions, and set an overall positive tone for LSTA reauthorization in the coming year.

Following the conclusion of the hearing, Ms. Zales grabbed the attention of Chairwoman McCarthy and fellow Pennsylvanian Congressman Platts, to add a personal touch to her testimony. Enthusiasm for the future of the library community was shared by all in attendance and the hearing was judged to be a great success!

View video of the hearing and read Ms. Zales’ testimony.