Funding

Senate boosts funding for IMLS, LSTA thanks to ALA grassroots

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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

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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 »

Connecting with your members of Congress

Guest post by: Eileen M. Palmer, NJLA Public Policy Committee Chairs (July 2016-June 2017) We’ve all heard it before but it is nonetheless true: effective advocacy is about building relationships. Building strong relationships is more than the occasional call to an elected official’s office requesting support for a bill or funding. Learning who your officials are and understanding their interests ... Read More »

FY 2018 library funding remains uncut by House Appropriations Committee

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Yesterday evening, the House Appropriations Committee confirmed its support for federal library funding by voting to approve the same funding levels passed by the Labor-HHS Subcommittee last week. Yesterday’s action was another significant step toward ensuring FY 2018 funding of $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—including $183.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) ... Read More »

Library funding bill passes Labor HHS

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In response to today’s House subcommittee vote, ALA President Jim Neal sent ALA members the following update: Colleagues, I am pleased to report that, this evening, the House Appropriations subcommittee that deals with library funding (Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) voted to recommend level funding in FY2018 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS, ... Read More »