Funding

Thank you to members of Congress to who signed LSTA & IAL letters

"Thank You" written in many languages

A strong showing of Representatives and Senators signed letters in support of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), effectively informing Appropriators in Congress of the broad support for these programs at a time when the “pie” for appropriation dollars is shrinking. As previously reported, American Library Association (ALA) members made a tremendous difference ... Read More »

ALA Calls on House Appropriations Subcommittee to Continue Funding Vital Library Programs

Close up of microphone in a meeting

Today ALA’s own Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the Washington Office, sat down at a microphone (carrying with her in spirit thousands of libraries and millions of library patrons) before Congress to make the strongest possible case for ongoing federal financial support of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). The House Appropriations Subcommittee ... Read More »

ALA to testify in support of library funding at U.S. House LHHS hearing

Linda Lord Testifying at July 2013 Hearing

Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, will advocate for federal library funding at an appropriations hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. The hearing will take place on April 29, 2015, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2358C. During ... Read More »

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 »