State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, has been named the Friends of Libraries 2013 Outstanding Advocate for the Year.
The senator was presented the award at the Friends of Kentucky Libraries annual meeting in conjunction with the Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 16 in Frankfort at the Convention Center. She is the first recipient of the outstanding advocate award.
Webb was honored for her efforts in helping to establish the Carter County Public Library and for her support of public libraries at the state level. She is a co-chair and a founding member of the Kentucky General Assembly Public Library Caucus and has been a top advocate for public libraries in the General Assembly.
“It is an honor to be recognized for the work that I do, but I don’t do it for recognition, I do it because Kentucky’s public libraries need a champion,” Senator Webb said. “We have libraries because of the hard work of volunteers. Unfortunately, they were not state recognized until the past years. I share in this award with the staff, board, donors and volunteers of the libraries.”
The Friends of Kentucky Libraries President, Mary Lynn Collins, who presented the award to Senator Webb, noted that it was Senator Webb who in 2008 called a meeting of local officials and interested citizens to talk about establishing a library for Carter County. She challenged the local officials at that meeting to make it happen. Those officials did step up and today Carter County has a public library system with two locations.
“Libraries are a very important part of any community. They offer so many educational, cultural, social and technological avenues that their worth cannot be measured,” Webb said. “I will always be a proponent of libraries because of the many doors opened for those who utilize all they offer.”
Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Wayne Onkst, also commended the senator on her support of public libraries. “On occasion, Senator Webb has been the lone voice for libraries in the face of powerful opposition. She has spoken on behalf of public libraries when no one else would do so,” he added.
The Friends of Kentucky Libraries Inc., established in 1952, is a non-profit organization of volunteers supporting public libraries across Kentucky. The Kentucky General Assembly Public Library Caucus is a bipartisan organization for members of the Kentucky General Assembly who support public libraries through state initiatives.