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?

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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 »

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 »