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January 20, 2012

Sen. Seward named to new library committee

Staff Report

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State Sen. James L. Seward (R-Milford) announced Thursday that he has been named to the newly created Senate Select Committee on Libraries.

The 19-member, bipartisan committee is authorized to conduct meetings, conferences and public hearings to gather information and make recommendations on library-related legislative proposals.

"In our rural areas, libraries are truly community centers, serving as the hub for countless activities," Seward said in a media release. "Along with traditional book lending and research opportunities, our libraries help job seekers who come to use the Internet to search for employment or refresh their resumes."

According to the release, there are approximately 750 public libraries in New York state, and academic, school and special libraries bring the total to 7,000.

Seward said that he looks forward to doing more to help libraries in the state meet their needs.

Marie Bruni, director of the Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta, said that Seward is "a very fine choice" for the select committee.

"He's helped many libraries get funding for particular projects," Bruni said Thursday. "He has gotten incentives for our library when we needed it. He will continue to be helpful." Bruni is a columnist for The Daily Star.