State Librarian Lamar Veatch Makes 15th Annual Trip to D.C. for National Library Legislative Day
Federal and state budget cuts to library programs has not stopped Georgia State Librarian Lamar Veatch, 63, from traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional lawmakers to save funding needed for our nation’s libraries and library services.
This year marked Veatch’s 15th annual trip to the nation’s capital to participate in National Library Legislative Day, the American Library Association-sponsored event where more than 350 librarians and library supporters met with members of Congress from April 23—24, 2012, to discuss key library issues.
While in Washington, Veatch met with representatives from Congress, including the offices of Reps. Austin Scott, John Lewis, Rob Woodall, as well as Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. Veatch discussed Appropriations funding in those meetings, advocating specifically for funds supporting literacy, such as the Library Services and Technology Act.