Public Service Award

About the Public Service Award The Public Service Award honors a legislator who has been especially supportive of libraries.

From 1989 through 2008, FOLUSA presented the Public Service Award annually. In 2009, the award was continued under ALTAFF.

Administered by:

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2012 Winner(s)

Rush Holt

In Congress, Rep. Holt has introduced the Workforce Investments through Local Libraries (WILL) Act to integrate libraries into job training efforts, a bill that was  endorsed by ALA. Along with Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), he introduced the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act, which would establish a goal of having not less than one highly qualified school librarian in each public school. In addition, it proposes to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher, school librarian and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom, highly qualified school librarians and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools.