The American Library Association expresses its deepest appreciation for the distinguished work of Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), a leader who has worked tirelessly to support public, academic and school libraries nationwide. We are sad to report that Rep. Holt today announced his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, ending 16 years of service.
The American Library Association extends the library community’s heartfelt thanks to Rep. Holt for his strong support for libraries. Rep. Holt introduced the Workforce Investments through Local Libraries (WILL) Act to integrate libraries into job training efforts. Rep. Holt has also been a consistent supporter of the Library Services and Technology Act, the only federal funding program exclusively for libraries.
Rep. Holt has also been a vocal advocate for school reform. During the last congressional session, he co-sponsored the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act, which would have established a goal of having one highly qualified school librarian in every public school.
In 2012, Rep. Holt received the 2012 Public Service Award from United for Libraries for his support of libraries.
“The American Library Association is grateful for Rep. Holt’s efforts to support libraries and make information accessible to the public,” said Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association. “Library patrons across the country now have access to better library services because of Rep. Holt’s contributions.”
We wish Rep. Holt the very best upon his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives.