Funding

Quick history of the Museum and Library Services Act

Director of the Washington Office Germaine Krettek (far left) and Executive Director of the ALA David Clift (second to left, behind Ms. Krettek) attend a 1964 White House event with President Lyndon Johnson (far right).

When we talk about saving the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding, we are also talking about the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), a piece of legislation with a 53-year long history. Here’s a quick background: 1964: The 36th U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Library Services and Construction ... Read More »

On budgets and appropriations

Several piles of gold coins symbolizing government funding.

If anyone thought passing a bill was as easy as a Saturday morning cartoon, one need only look at the budget and appropriations processes in Congress to realize just how complex legislation is in real time. Whether we’re talking about funding for libraries, student loans or other programs, fiscal decision-making is as puzzling as it gets, even to the most ... Read More »

Higher education reauthorization on Congressional fall agenda

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnsonsigns the Higher Education Act Nov. 8, 1965. (AP Photo)

On the fall agenda for Congress is the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). HEA was originally enacted in 1965 during the Lyndon Johnson Administration and was last reauthorized in 2008. While HEA has received significant interest in the past few sessions of Congress, its passage has stalled under partisan rancor. Even though HEA has been operating without being ... Read More »

Senate boosts funding for IMLS, LSTA thanks to ALA grassroots

Several piles of gold coins symbolizing government funding.

Congress delivered good news for library funding after returning from its August recess this week. Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an increase of $4 million in funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), all of which would go to the formula-based Grants to States program. Following months of intensive Hill lobbying by ALA Washington Office staff ... Read More »

IMLS Leadership grants & Laura Bush grants available

IMLS Logo

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced the availability of two grant opportunities for libraries through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) programs. The deadline to submit grant proposals is September 1, 2017, and awards will be announced in January 2018. NLG and LB21 programs are funded through ... Read More »