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April 2002, Volume 34, Number 4

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Enzi works for additional MLSA grants;
praises Boughton

Washington, D.C. – Wyoming is a small population state, but its libraries and museums are a big part of its rural communities and these public facilities should receive their fair share of federal resources, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo.), said recently. Sen. Mike Enzi

Enzi spoke to fellow members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) as they considered the reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act.

This legislation provides federal funding for each state to use to improve their school and community libraries and museums, but Enzi said that not all states are being treated fairly.

“Wyoming is particularly dependent on the base grant in the Museum and Library Services Act since we receive a relatively small amount of the additional funding that is awarded on a per capita basis,” Enzi said.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Lesley Boughton, Wyoming’s state librarian, for her hard work and service to Wyoming. During her time at the Wyoming State Library, I have been very impressed with her ability to ensure that all communities in Wyoming, no matter how small, have access to electronic media and library services,” he said.

She has also been able make sure that librarians throughout the state have access to continuing education and training. This is especially critical in Wyoming since librarians do not have in-state access to a graduate degree in library science.”

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