FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) applauds Congress and the Administration for completing work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law by President Obama today after clearing Congress last week.
Throughout this process, ALA was actively involved in advocating for all types of libraries to ensure the stimulus invests in the programs and services libraries provide that help America get back to work.
ALA President Jim Rettig said that while the final version did not contain every provision that would help libraries, the bill has many opportunities that libraries can use to continue delivering much-needed services.
“Working through this expansive and vitally important piece of legislation was no easy task for Congress and the White House, and I am grateful to see libraries are included in this effort to put our nation on the road to recovery,” Rettig said.
“I believe we now have a responsibility to reach out to our governors and state officials to highlight the funding available to libraries through this bill and to advocate that investing that funding in libraries is a wise and efficient use of tax-payer dollars during this difficult economic time.”