Car­ney ve­toes char­ter bill

Law would have changed pref­er­ence sys­tem for char­ter schools

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By POST STAFF RE­PORT

Gov. John Car­ney vis­ited the Ne­wark Free Li­brary last week to sign two bills in­tended to im­prove the state’s li­braries.

“With its li­brary tra­di­tion dat­ing back 150 years, Ne­wark is the nat­u­ral, log­i­cal lo­ca­tion for the sign­ing of these two li­brar y-re­lated laws,” Rep. Paul Baum­bach noted July 19.

The first bill cod­i­fies the state Di­vi­sion of Li­braries’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­min­is­ter the Delaware Li­brary Con­sor­tium. Launched in 2010, the statewide net­work of li­braries has part­nered to­gether to im­prove the qual­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of tech­no­log­i­cal re­sources avail­able at li­braries.

The con­sor­tium’s ef­forts in­clude the de­vel­op­ment of a statewide dig­i­tal li­brary cat­a­log and the ex­pan­sion of high-speed broad­band in­ter­net ac­cess to all pub­lic li­braries, as well as co­or­di­nated pur­chas­ing of com­puter hard­ware and a cen­tral­ized tech help desk.

The se­cond bill ex­pands the avail­abil­ity of the Ada Leigh Soles Memo­rial Pro­fes­sional Li­brar­ian and Ar­chiv­ist In­cen­tive Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram to in­clude em­ploy­ees of non-pub­lic li­braries in Delaware that join the con­sor­tium. Es­tab­lished in 2010 as a trib­ute to the late Ne­wark leg­is­la­tor and ad­vo­cate for li­braries, the award award pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to stu­dents who work for Delaware li­braries and the Delaware Pub­lic Ar­chives.

Soles’ daugh­ter, Cather­ine Soles Pomeroy, and grand­chil­dren were on hand for the cer­e­mony, as was for­mer Ne­wark State Sen. Steve Amick, who also ad­vo­cated for lo­cal li­braries.

“My mother was pas­sion­ate about ed­u­ca­tion, li­braries and serv­ing her com­mu­nity. A schol­ar­ship that helps ed­u­cate li­brar­i­ans and ar­chiv­ists so that they can serve their com­mu­ni­ties is the per­fect trib­ute to her,” Pomeroy said. “Of course, she al­ways said that this type of recog­ni­tion was just the whipped cream on top of what was a very ful­fill­ing ca­reer. But who doesn’t en­joy some whipped cream ev­ery now and then?”

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Af­ter sign­ing a bill ex­pand­ing the Ada Leigh Soles Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship, Gov. John Car­ney presents the bill to Soles’ daugh­ter, Cather­ine Soles Pomeroy. Look­ing on is state Rep. Paul Baum­bach (left) and for­mer state Sen. Steve Amick (right).

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