Author Archives: Kevin Maher

House expected to approve CTE reauthorization

Closeup of child's hands on a laptop keyboard, display shows some sort of coding program

Perkins CTE Program helps library patrons thrive in 21st Century Economy Libraries play numerous roles in communities across the country, working generally to meet the needs of their patrons at every life stage. Whether providing high-speed broadband access to rural and urban communities alike, running youth reading sessions and book clubs, teaching computer literacy to patrons seeking to learn new ... Read More »

Senate Dear Appropriator campaign by the numbers

Yesterday, the Senate “Dear Appropriator” campaign came to a close, ending over two months of intense advocacy work by library supporters all over the country. Both letters, one supporting the Library and Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other supporting the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program, have been delivered to the Senate Appropriations Committee by Senator Reed’s staff with ... Read More »

President’s stark budget cuts library funding

On Tuesday, the President released his FY 2018 Budget submission to Congress and it is as bad as we had feared. The “safety net” would be greatly reduced under this budget as many programs that allow Americans to improve their education and career opportunities – often through libraries – would be dramatically reduced or, in many cases, eliminated. The good ... Read More »

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 Wednesday, just two days after it was released early Monday ... Read More »

The fight for library funding is on in the U.S. Senate

Fight For Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding.

The Fight for Libraries! has moved to the United States Senate. Today, two “Dear Appropriator” letters began circulating in the Senate, one seeking $186.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL) program for FY 2018. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are again championing funds ... Read More »