Smucker Supports Library Code Reforms
HARRISBURG – The Senate recently approved legislation supported by Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-13) that would bring the state's Library Code up to date with advances in modern technology.
Senate Bill 1225 would update requirements related to staffing, collections, facilities and accessibility. The changes would reflect the availability of e-books, online databases and other internet tools that make some regulations obsolete.
The legislation also allows libraries to apply for waivers of state regulations when faced with a reduction in funding. Under current law, failing to meet state standards could result in a library losing all state funding.
"During numerous discussions with library administrators and staff from across the region, the ability to meet current service needs and the potential loss of state funding are universal sources of concern," said Smucker, who cosponsored the reform legislation. "The goal of this legislation is to update the Library Code to give libraries the flexibility they need to continue to provide services for the community."
Senate Bill 1225, which was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), was passed by the Senate on May 8 and sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.