Author Archives: Kevin Maher

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

Sign that says "committee: appropriations"

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 of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. Notably, the package ... Read More »

Senate boosts funding for IMLS, LSTA thanks to ALA grassroots

Several piles of gold coins symbolizing government funding.

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 months of intensive Hill lobbying by ALA Washington Office staff ... Read More »

Rep. Pallone talks net neutrality at N.J. library

about 12 people sit around tables in a library

Guest post by Tonya Garcia, director of Long Branch (New Jersey) Public Library The Long Branch Public Library recently hosted a meeting with their representative, Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6), to discuss net neutrality and its importance to libraries. As the most senior minority representative on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he is a strong advocate for net neutrality (the ... Read More »

New ideas in Congress for supporting libraries

Congressional negotiators will be burning the midnight oils over the weekend to craft a final bill.

Support for libraries figured in several bills that were recently introduced in Congress immediately prior to the August recess. Introduction of these bills with the inclusion of library provisions demonstrates that libraries are increasingly on the top-of-mind in Congress. The outlook for these bills, however, is uncertain. None of the bill authors sit on the committees of jurisdiction considering the ... Read More »

IMLS Leadership grants & Laura Bush grants available

IMLS Logo

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced the availability of two grant opportunities for libraries through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) programs. The deadline to submit grant proposals is September 1, 2017, and awards will be announced in January 2018. NLG and LB21 programs are funded through ... Read More »