Author Archives: Kevin Maher

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 »

Advocacy home run ignites FY 2018 library funding rally!

LSTA and IAL letters with the signatures

If you have been to this page in the last few weeks, you know that the President has proposed wiping out all library funding – and the agency that administers much of it (IMLS) – in his initial FY 2018 budget proposal. You also know that thousands of librarians, library supporters, users, vendors and citizen advocates in literally every Congressional ... Read More »

Appropriations webinar announced for National Library Week

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Appropriations, Budgets, and Continuing Resolutions: what you need to know about the Congressional Appropriations Process Confused about the $1 trillion Federal Appropriations process? Does talk of the FY 17 budget, FY 18 budget, the President’s “Skinny” budget, Continuing Resolutions and Omnibus budgeting leave you a tad confused? You are not alone! To help answer some of these questions, ALA is ... Read More »

Top 10 things to know (and do) about saving library funding

Fight For Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding.

The talk of Washington and the library community (when people aren’t talking about the President’s tweets, anyway) is the recent recommendation by the President to completely eliminate funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including their library funding implementing the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program within the Department of ... Read More »

House library champions release FY18 “Dear Appropriator” letters

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Your limited-time-only chance to ask for your House Member’s backing for LSTA and IAL begins now. Where does your Representative stand on supporting FY 2018 library funding? Against the backdrop of the President’s proposal last week to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services and virtually all other library funding sources, their answer this year is more important than ... Read More »