Author Archives: Kevin Maher

Tell ED to make libraries grant-eligible

Chalkboard with the words "Government Grants"

The U.S. Department of Education has asked for public comment on their recently released “Proposed Supplemental Priorities of Discretionary Grant Programs.” Each time the Department of Education (the ED) revisits its priorities is an opportunity for libraries to demonstrate the many ways we provide high-quality education for students of all ages, from early learners to lifelong learners. It is a ... Read More »

Quick history of the Museum and Library Services Act

Director of the Washington Office Germaine Krettek (far left) and Executive Director of the ALA David Clift (second to left, behind Ms. Krettek) attend a 1964 White House event with President Lyndon Johnson (far right).

When we talk about saving the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding, we are also talking about the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), a piece of legislation with a 53-year long history. Here’s a quick background: 1964: The 36th U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Library Services and Construction ... Read More »

On budgets and appropriations

Several piles of gold coins symbolizing government funding.

If anyone thought passing a bill was as easy as a Saturday morning cartoon, one need only look at the budget and appropriations processes in Congress to realize just how complex legislation is in real time. Whether we’re talking about funding for libraries, student loans or other programs, fiscal decision-making is as puzzling as it gets, even to the most ... Read More »

Higher education reauthorization on Congressional fall agenda

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnsonsigns the Higher Education Act Nov. 8, 1965. (AP Photo)

On the fall agenda for Congress is the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). HEA was originally enacted in 1965 during the Lyndon Johnson Administration and was last reauthorized in 2008. While HEA has received significant interest in the past few sessions of Congress, its passage has stalled under partisan rancor. Even though HEA has been operating without being ... Read More »

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 »