Funding

Breaking #SaveIMLS news from ALA Pres. Jim Neal

Fight For Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding.

Today, ALA President Jim Neal sent this #SaveIMLS campaign update to the ALA membership regarding tomorrow’s vote on part of the House Appropriations Committee bill: Colleagues, I’m pleased, but with important cautions, to tell you that all of our collective work to Fight for Libraries! is poised to pay off dramatically. Key parts of the House Appropriations Subcommittee bill that ... Read More »

First key vote on FY18 library funding set for July 13

dollar bill held in two hands and being twisted

Earlier today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees library funding announced that it will meet and vote this Thursday afternoon, July 13 at 4:30 p.m., to consider a key vote on a large spending bill that will save, trim or totally wipe out funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and funding for the Library Services and Technology ... Read More »

Senate Dear Appropriator campaign by the numbers

Yesterday, the Senate “Dear Appropriator” campaign came to a close, ending over two months of intense advocacy work by library supporters all over the country. Both letters, one supporting the Library and Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other supporting the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program, have been delivered to the Senate Appropriations Committee by Senator Reed’s staff with ... Read More »

President’s stark budget cuts library funding

On Tuesday, the President released his FY 2018 Budget submission to Congress and it is as bad as we had feared. The “safety net” would be greatly reduced under this budget as many programs that allow Americans to improve their education and career opportunities – often through libraries – would be dramatically reduced or, in many cases, eliminated. The good ... Read More »

ALA President responds to the Administration’s 2018 budget proposal

“The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries.”

This morning, ALA issued a statement about the budget proposal released today. You can read it on ALA.org or below. WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement: “The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries. “To those ... Read More »