Congress passes two-year budget, raises debt ceiling

Congress just voted on a two-year budget that must now go to be considered by House and Senate appropriators.

Early this morning, the U.S. Senate gave final approval to a two-year budget agreement that raises nondefense discretionary caps and defense programs caps by $80 billion over two years. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 also “suspends” the debt limit until March 15, 2017, provides additional funding through the Overseas Contingency Operations war-funding account, and outlines a series of financial ... Read More »

Federal libraries and the national policy agenda

Library of Congress

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting at the Library of Congress with the FEDLINK Advisory Board. My brief was a presentation and discussion of the National Policy Agenda for Libraries in the context of federal libraries and related institutions. Federal libraries represent both a particular segment of the library community and an extensive and far-reaching one as well—including ... Read More »

Shutdown could threaten library funding

Government shutdown threatens library funding.

With just a just a few calendar days, and even fewer legislative days left before the end of the fiscal year at midnight on September 30th, Congressional leaders are struggling to avert a Federal government shutdown by acting to fund the government as of October 1. The options available for leaders are few, however, and several roadblocks stand in the ... Read More »

ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

Image of the word "policy" in the dictionary.

Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda (pdf) for Libraries to guide a proactive policy shift. “Too often, decision makers do not yet understand the extent ... Read More »

Which strategies yield dollars for libraries?

New York Public Library Photo by Alex Pang via Flickr

The revolution in libraries creates many new opportunities for serving communities and campuses. But those in power—decision makers and influencers—often do not understand these new roles and possibilities for libraries. And without this understanding, the needed funding and other forms of support are not likely to flow. What can library leaders do to accelerate this understanding for the benefit of ... Read More »