July 8, 2015 Statement by the Librarian of Congress on the Passing of Glenn R. Jones
Cable and Onlilne Learning Pioneer
Contact: Jennifer Gavin, (202) 707-1940
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today issued the following statement in response to news of the Tuesday passing of Glenn R. Jones, executive chairman of Jones/NCTI and a longtime member of the Library’s Madison Council, its private-sector advisory group:
"Glenn Jones played an historic role in helping our nation’s oldest federal cultural institution become one of its most innovative. He was a key figure at crucial decision points in taking the Library of Congress’s unique treasures beyond Washington for the education and inspiration of people everywhere. Glenn was both an entrepreneurial patriot and a selfless public servant focused on lifelong learning for everyone. It is literally wonderful to have known a man of so much practical accomplishments but also authentically modest and anxious to give credit to others."
Jones, a Colorado-based entrepreneur and a Library of Congress Living Legend, was a pioneer in cable television and in dissemination of knowledge through digital networks. Jones’ corporation made available $250,000 to the Library of Congress/UNESCO joint project, the World Digital Library, for expansion of the site to include digitized content pertaining to American achievements in science and technology.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to advance the knowledge and creativity of the American people through its collections, programs, publications and services. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.