A strong showing of Representatives and Senators signed letters in support of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), effectively informing Appropriators in Congress of the broad support for these programs at a time when the “pie” for appropriation dollars is shrinking.
As previously reported, American Library Association (ALA) members made a tremendous difference by delivering hundreds of calls and emails to their Members of Congress urging them to sign the annual letters. In response to alerts by the ALA Washington Office, more than 2,100 librarians across the country sent a total of nearly 6,300 emails to almost every Member of Congress (487 of 533) asking for their signatures on these crucial “Dear Appropriator” letters and the results in all cases topped last year’s figures. Ultimately, 32 Senators and 70 Representatives supported LSTA, while 29 Senators and 128 Representatives backed IAL. View final versions of all four “Dear Appropriator” letters supporting LSTA and IAL in the Senate and House: Senate LSTA (pdf), Senate IAL (pdf), House LSTA (pdf), House IAL (pdf).
If your Member of Congress signed any of the letters, please thank them for supporting libraries. Take a moment to review the list and then let them know you appreciate their efforts.