Federal library funding cut in proposed budget

Today, President Barack Obama released his budget request for the 2015 fiscal year. The proposed budget for the Library Services and Technology Act falls $2 million short from the $180.9 million enacted by the U.S. Congress for the 2014 fiscal year. The big hit came to the state program, with slight increases to the set aside for Native Americans and Hawaiians and the National Leadership grants.

Statutory Authority FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 Request FY 2014 Enacted FY 2015 Request
Grants to States 172,561 160,032 156,365 150,000 150,000 154,848 152,501
Native Am/Haw. Libraries 4,000 3,960 3,869 3,667 3,869 3,861 3,869
Nat. Leadership / Libraries 12,437 12,225 11,946 11,377 13,200 12,200 12,232
Laura Bush 21st Century 24,525 12,818 12,524 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Subtotal, LSTA 213,523 189,035 184,704 175,044 177,069 180,909 178,602

(View the full chart on the budget cuts from IMLS.)

On a conference call with stakeholders, Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Susan Hildreth discussed the Laura Bush 21st Century grants programs, saying that her agency is working on a National Continuing Education Platform so library employees can continue their education around new services and technologies.

On a disappointing note, the President did not include any resources for school libraries.

Please be on the lookout for an action alert from the Washington Office regarding several “Dear Appropriator” letters that your legislators can sign in support of these programs.

About Emily Sheketoff

Emily Sheketoff is the Executive Director of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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