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ALA Council resolution honors Sen. Claiborne Pell as champion of intellectual freedom

March 4, 2009

Contact: Jenni Terry, 202-628-8410

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) Council passed a resolution honoring the late Sen. Claiborne Pell (RI) for his dedication to championing intellectual freedom during the 2009 ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver, Co.

Sen. Pell was responsible for every major piece of federal legislation affecting education and libraries since 1961, when he became a Senator, until 1997, when he retired from the U.S. Senate.

This legislation includes the Basic Educational Opportunity Grants (renamed the Pell Grants), the Library Services Act (LSA), the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA), the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which created the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 1983, Sen. Pell was named an honorary member of ALA. He died on January 1, 2009, at the age of 90.

The resolution states that the ALA expresses its appreciation for Sen. Pell’s contributions and mourns his death as the loss of a great senator and a great friend to libraries.

The resolution can be viewed here.

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