Funding

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 »

ALA President responds to the Administration’s 2018 budget proposal

“The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries.”

This morning, ALA issued a statement about the budget proposal released today. You can read it on ALA.org or below. WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement: “The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries. “To those ... Read More »

Corporate champions urge all Senators to support FY18 library funding

US Capitol Building

If you’re part of or connected to the library world in any way, you know that the President’s “skinny budget” released in mid-March proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the small and respected federal agency that administers bulk of federal library funding. It also “zeroed out” virtually all such appropriations anywhere in the federal government, including ... Read More »

#NLLD17 roundup

The VA delegation speaks with a staffer at Rep. Bobby Scott's office.

Last week, we were thrilled to welcome over 530 librarians to Washington, D.C. for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) 2017. With representatives from every state, and over 1,000 additional library supporters who committed to join in the advocacy efforts from home, the energy this year was higher than ever. In the wake of the President’s budget proposal, which included the ... Read More »