Legislation to Create Scholarships for Librarians Passes Assembly

June 27, 2005

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) announced today that legislation (A.1739-A), sponsored by Galef, to establish a program of scholarships for individuals who agree to server as librarians in a New York State library after completing their graduate degrees passed the Assembly last week.

"I am very excited to see this bill go to the Governor for his approval," said Assemblywoman Galef. "Programs such as this will help encourage the recruitment and retention of librarians in New York State."

This program would authorize the State Education Department to distribute up to fifty, $5,000 scholarships, to New York State residents who have completed undergraduate degrees and who have entered into written agreements to serve for four years as a librarian in a New York State library. Upon graduation, recipients would have two years to begin their service obligation.

"There is a growing shortage of qualified librarians in New York," stated Assemblywoman Galef, "and any contribution that the State can make to address this shortage is a positive step."

This legislation, sponsored by Senator Hugh Farley, passed the Senate last week. "The expertise of our professional librarians allows us to harness the tremendous resources of the global information economy. I’m pleased that New York is again leading the way with top-quality library services," said the Senator.

For additional information on this program of other library issues, please contact Assemblywoman Galef’s office at 518-455-5348.