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Author: Kathi Kromer

Kathi Kromer is the Associate Executive Director of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

White House budget proposal continues to miscalculate the value of libraries

In its FY2019 budget released today, the White House proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to America’s libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The decision echoes the FY 2018 proposal, which also eliminated the grant-making agency…

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ALA president welcomes FY2018 federal budget agreement, applauds library advocates

Today Congress passed and the president signed an FY2018 budget deal that will likely include at least level funding for federal library programs at FY2017 levels. Below is the statement of ALA President Jim Neal: We are pleased that Congress has passed an FY2018 spending agreement that includes an increase…

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ALA to Congress in 2018: Continue to #FundLibraries

2017 was an extraordinary year for America’s libraries. When faced with serious threats to federal library funding, ALA members and library advocates rallied in unprecedented numbers to voice their support for libraries at strategic points throughout the year*. Tens of thousands of phone calls and emails to Congress were registered…

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Senators introduce bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2017

Acknowledging the critical role of libraries as anchor institutions in communities across the nation, a group of senators under the leadership of Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 (S. 2271).…

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