Funding

Strong coalition calls on libraries to plan now to secure E-rate funding

DC Digital Commons. Photo by Phil-Freelon.

Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate program and address the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. Today, a broad coalition of library associations, which includes the American Library Association (ALA), calls upon libraries to act to convert this policy win in Washington to real ... Read More »

Progress for School Libraries!

Yello school bus

This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (aka “HELP Committee”) met to mark-up (debate, amend and vote on) the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind. The American Library Association (ALA) sought amendments to require that every student ... Read More »

Make some noise for school library funding

Backlit megaphone

This Thursday, the American Library Association is joining a social media push hosted by the National Education Association (NEA) in support of dedicated funding for school libraries through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act (SKILLS) Act, which would expand federal investment in school libraries so they can continue to offer ... Read More »

Advocacy works: Broad number of legislators back library funding

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Each year around this time, Appropriations Committees in both chambers of Congress begin their cycle of consideration and debate of what federal programs will be funded the following year. For both political and fiscal reasons, the process is marked by tremendous competition for a limited and often shrinking “pie” of Appropriations dollars. In this environment, demonstrating early, strong and bipartisan ... Read More »

ALA springs to defense of IMLS

IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was flagged this week as a possible program to “zero out” in the proposed House of Representative’s Concurrent Resolution on the Budget. Both the House and Senate are considering such Resolutions this week, although only the House’s plan suggests eliminating funding for IMLS. In a press release issued just hours after the ... Read More »