Now that Congress has completed the FY2011 budget and has returned from their two-week recess, it will turn its attention to the FY2012 budget process.
In light of this, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) sent a joint letter to the Appropriations committees of the House (pdf) and Senate (pdf) urging them to support funding for the Statistical Compendia Branch. As the letter states, “The Statistical Compendia Branch compiles and releases reports such as the ‘Statistical Abstract’ and the ‘County and City Data Book’ that include important and usable data routinely used by the American public. Closing this Branch would mean the end of these reports and access to this valuable data.”
Accompanying the letter was a letter (pdf) of support from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.
If you would like to contact your representative and senators in Congress to show your support for this funding, please visit the Legislative Action Center.