The deadline for U.S. senators to sign on to the Senate “Dear Colleague” Letter for libraries is 6 p.m. EST tomorrow.
While the economic climate has forced legislators to think critically about the FY2012 budget, the reality is that libraries provide one of the returns on investment in the federal budget.
Senators Jack Reed and Olympia Snowe are leading this effort to increase support for FY2012 federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Improving Literacy Through School Libraries. We need other senators to sign the Reed-Snowe letter as soon as possible.
A current list of signees is available here. If one of your senators has not signed on, please call him or her at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be directed to the office. You can also find their contact information through the ALA Legislative Center.
Tell your senators that you’d like them to sign on to the “Dear Colleague” supporting library funding, which is being circulated by Senators Jack Reed and Olympia Snowe. Describe at least one valuable service that your library provides to the community or a success story about a library patron. Examples include access to computers and data services to aid job searchers, support for small businesses with marketing data and other resources as well as teaching digital literacy to people of all ages including K-12 students.
After they agree to sign on the letter, ask them contact Elyse Wasch in Reed’s office or Matthew Hussey in Snowe’s office.