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Two billion for E-rate provides “2-for-1” benefits”

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) called on (pdf) the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy newly identified E-rate program funding to boost library broadband access and alleviate historic shortfalls in funding for internal connections. In response to the FCC’s

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House budget dismisses role of IMLS

In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more

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School librarians supported in ConnectEDucators program

A new program written into President Obama’s 2015 budget request includes professional development funding for school librarians, teachers and leaders who provide high-speed internet access to students. The Obama Administration requested that $200 million dollars be allocated to ConnectEDucators, a

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Federal library funding cut in proposed budget

Today, President Barack Obama released his budget request for the 2015 fiscal year. The proposed budget for the Library Services and Technology Act falls $2 million short from the $180.9 million enacted by the U.S. Congress for the 2014 fiscal

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Congress passes an Omnibus Spending Bill for FY 2014

This week, both the U.S. House and Senate approved legislation that would fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2014.  This legislation partially restores funding to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) that were dramatically cut in FY 2013

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