Senator Kemp Hannon has received the highest grade possible in a recent report card published by New Yorkers for Better Libraries, which ranks the New York State Legislature. The grade is based on each legislator’s degree of support for libraries, and legislators are graded on their sponsorship or co-sponsorship of legislation, recorded votes concerning library legislation and state aid for libraries.
New Yorkers for Better Libraries was established in 2003 to supplement the library community’s advocacy efforts directed toward those in Albany who can assist local libraries. Beginning in 2010, NYBL began tracking library-related state legislation and publishes and annual report card grading legislators on their degree of support for libraries. Senator Hannon received the highest grade, an “A.”
Awash in technology and social communications, there are many today who argue against the library as an antiquated thought from another time and place. Libraries are seen as an easy target for cuts. Yet nothing could be farther from the truth. The library has many roles to play in today’s society and remains an important part to all of us, no matter our stage in life.