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House approves full IMLS, LSTA and IAL funding for FY 2018

Today, the full House of Representatives voted as part of a large spending package (H.R. 3354) not to make any cuts in federal funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including all funding for its programs under the Library Services and Technology Act, and for the Department…

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Senate boosts funding for IMLS, LSTA thanks to ALA grassroots

Congress delivered good news for library funding after returning from its August recess this week. Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an increase of $4 million in funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), all of which would go to the formula-based Grants to States program. Following…

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LSTA nets small increase in shutdown-avoiding FY17 omnibus spending bill

Seven months past their October 1, 2016 deadline — the start of the Fiscal Year — the U.S. Senate late yesterday approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (H.R. 244): a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package for FY2017. It includes additional funding for libraries. The House approved the spending measure on…

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ALA urges House and Senate approps subcommittees to support LSTA, IAL

IAL Grant Applications Due by May 9 The American Library Association filed comments last week with House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). As the Appropriations Committees begin their consideration of 12 appropriations bills,…

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Thank you to members of Congress to who signed LSTA & IAL letters

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…

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