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March 25, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Legislators Save Washington State Library

Lawmakers in Washington state have kept the State Library open by transferring it to the Secretary of State's office and providing funding for it from the governor's Emergency Fund as part of the recently passed budget plan. The governor's office had earlier proposed closing the library to save money. (See the February 11 NewsBreak at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=19002).

In supporting the plan, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed wrote: "There's no question these are difficult economic times, but the State Library has survived worse. World War II, the Great Depression, the Boeing bust, and the recessions of the early '80s and '90s all left Washington in financially dire straights. We didn't close the library doors then and we shouldn't now…. Since 1853, the State Library has helped improve the quality of life in Washington. It has given us an accurate account of history—good, bad, or indifferent—and stopped us from reliving our mistakes. No one alive today can say with certainty which aspects of history will be most important to future generations. For them, we must fulfill our obligation and preserve our legacy to the very best of our ability" (http://www.secstate.wa.gov/office/library_03152002.aspx).

Source: Washington Secretary of State



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