It may be a lame duck Congress, but there is news from the Senate for the library community today.
This morning the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee reported S.3984, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010, from committee with unanimous consent. The bill includes the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and reauthorizes the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of support by the Federal Government for the 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums in the United States.
The next stop for S.3984 is a vote on the Senate floor, but the vote is not yet on the Senate scheudule. Please call your two senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to support S.3984 in the lame duck session.
Also this morning in the Senate HELP committee, the nomination of Susan Hildreth to be the director of IMLS was favorably reported from committee. Her nomination must receive a confirmation vote by the full Senate, but one has not been scheduled yet. When you call your senators, please also urge them to support Ms. Hildreth’s nomination in this lame duck session.
Jeff Kratz, Assistant Director
Office of Government Relations