Funding

Sparks! Ignition grants available to libraries, apply now!

Application deadline is February 1, 2016 The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries. This is a great opportunity for libraries to secure small grants that encourage libraries and archives to prototype and evaluate innovations that result in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. They enable grantees to undertake activities ... Read More »

Library funding receives boosts in compromise budget agreement

Coins spill out of a glass jar

Late last night, Congress announced its proposed FY16 budget agreement detailing funding levels for the Federal government through September 2016, which includes increases for key library programs and allows implementation of the Federal Communications Commission Open Internet Order to go forward.  House Speaker Ryan also sneaked in a cybersecurity rider that ALA strongly opposes. In an action alert, we call ... Read More »

Government shutdown on hold for now

Congressional negotiators will be burning the midnight oils over the weekend to craft a final bill.

A Friday government shutdown was averted as Congress today approved a five-day funding bill that will keep the government open through next Wednesday. The President is expected to sign the short-term Continuing Resolution (CR). Congress remains mired in negotiations over a final omnibus spending bill to keep the government open for the remainder of the Fiscal Year. Congressional negotiators will ... Read More »

School Libraries : Why we’re excited about the new ESSA legislation!

Thomson Elementary school 4th and 5th grade students discuss with ALA President Sari Feldman how library digital learning is enhancing their learning experience, while Librarian Jeminnia States listens.

As you may have read here earlier this week, we finally have language for the bill that will reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was last updated in 2001 with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This reauthorization is long overdue and we are enthusiastic with what it contains! One of the many negatives found within ... Read More »

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 »