American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s 2013 budget request:
“Libraries contribute in significant ways to support the economic recovery of their local communities. The President’s proposal for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) demonstrates the administration’s recognition that libraries are part of the solution for our economic recovery. LSTA helps job-seekers as well as employers and funding it is important for communities throughout the states. With a robustly funded library to serve its community, many job seekers will have the means to find and apply for jobs through Internet access at their local library, as well as access to information literacy skills training necessary for work in the 21st century.”
The president’s budget requested $184.7 million for LSTA to be administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This request is equal to the current funding level. These funds make access to online resources possible for job assistance, small businesses, homework help, summer reading programs, lifelong learning, and digital literacy for everyone.