LSA is 50! Thanks to E Myer, Rhode Island State Librarian

June 19 the Library Services Act turns 50. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed on June 19, 1956.

Elizabeth Myer, Rhode Island State Librarian, is credited in Healey (Healey, James S. John E. Fogarty: Political Leadership for Library Development. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, pp.78-81) as playing a crucial role in Fogarty’s library interest. Healey quotes John Humphry,

        “I have little doubt but what he [Fogarty] was greatly impressed with the pioneer work that Betty Myer did in reaching people through bookmobile and other local outlets; her active and aggressive public relations programs; and her ability to relate effectively to legislators, government officials, librarians and the people who benefitted from library services(p. 81).”