John Barry reelected as Chair of CT Library Board

John N. Barry

John N. Barry

HARTFORD—John N. Barry was reelected unanimously to serve another term as Chairman of the Connecticut State Library Board on Sept. 28. Serving on the board since 2005, this marks the fifth time that John Barry was nominated and supported by a bi-partisan vote.

Mr. Barry presently serves on the Southington Town Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Heritage Foundation and the Regional local Health District.

“I am grateful for the confidence that my colleagues have in me. I am particularly proud that I could help Southington and communities throughout our state in advocating the importance of having free and modernized libraries,” Barry said in the release. “With technology expanding, it is even more important that libraries provide access to it no matter what format information takes. The expansion of e-books and other electronic deliveries dictate that libraries must continue to modernize.”

One of the responsibilities of the State Library Board is awarding grants to public libraries for construction projects. In 2014, among the several grants awarded by the board was a $1 million grant to the Southington Public Library to expand and renovate the library.

“This is an example of how the State Library Board can assist local communities improve library service,” Barry said in the release.

The State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library.

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