Funding

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 »

President Obama’s budget increases library funding

President Obama

President Barack Obama today transmitted to Congress the Obama Administration’s nearly $4 trillion budget request to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016, which starts October 1, 2015. The President’s budget reflected many of the ideas and proposals outlined in his January 20th State of the Union speech. Highlights for the library community include $186.5 million in assistance to ... Read More »

Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

MLK Digital Commons in Washington, D.C. Photo by Phil-Freelon

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s Midwinter (ALA) Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of “Got E-rate?,” a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the national E-rate program. The initiative is a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent overhaul of the E-rate program, which included ... Read More »

IMLS funding announced to improve library services

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) last week announced funding for 56 State Library Administration Agencies (SLAAs) totaling almost $155 million. The annual Grants to States represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the United States and supported by the American Library Association. A full list of state grants can be found here. ... Read More »