Funding

Time is running out for LSTA and IAL – act now!

Hourglass running out of sand

Millions in federal funding for libraries is currently hanging in the balance. In order to saving library funding from the chopping block – particularly the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) programs —library supporters need to contact offices of their Representative and Senator and ask them to show support for continued library funding by signing ... Read More »

Defend library funding: the time is now!

Barrels of money

Are you letting the opportunity to defend library and literacy funding slip by? Are you expecting others to call on Congress to fund our vital programs? Now is the time for ALA members to make the case for continued funding of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Strong support at the beginning of ... Read More »

Education and school library legislation is heating up

Tell Sen. Lamar Alexander to include school library program in ESEA reauthorization.

It’s record cold in D.C., but we’re busy meeting with Senate staffers trying to promote school libraries. Both U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) have committed to passing a reauthorization bill for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ... Read More »

ALA joins lengthy list of groups calling for balanced deficit reduction

Congressional meeting

In 2013, the Bipartisan Budget Act negotiated by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) provided partial, temporary relief from sequestration. With the return of full sequestration in 2016, the American Library Association (ALA) is collaborating with NDD United, an alliance of organizations working together to protect nondefense discretionary funding, to renew efforts to bring an end to ... Read More »