The Division of Library Extension diligently monitored political activities related to libraries in both state government and in Washington. In the March 1960 newsletter, Division staff reported that in January 1960, President Eisenhower included $7.5M for LSA [Library Services Act] appropriation in his FY 1961 budget.
In the next month's newsletter, the Division happily announced that the full amount was authorized and urged librarians to thank their legislators, especially the Labor-HEW [Health, Education, and Welfare] Committee members Representative John E. Fogarty from Rhode Island and Representatives Edward P. Boland and Silvio Conte, both from Massachusetts.1
TODAY: LSA is now LSTA, the Library Services and Technology Act, and it is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. LSTA, the largest source of federal funding support for library services, is distributed annually to state library administrative agencies. LSTA's final authorization in President Obama’s FY 2015 budget was $180.9 million. In Massachusetts these funds are used to support multi-type statewide library services and to make incentive grants to libraries for projects related to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM), early literacy programs, and more.
What else happened in 1960?
Eric Moon: The Life and Library Times, biography of Moon (see references list below).3
1. Division of Library Extension newsletter, January 1960.
2. www.huffingtonpost.com [link].
3. Eric Moon: The Life and Library Times, Kenneth F. Kister. McFarland & Company, 2002.
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