Library Administration Faces Major Funding Cuts

On Friday afternoon, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as required by U.S. Congress, released the Sequester Transparency Act Report that detailed the impact of sequestration–an automatic, across-the-board budget cut to all federal discretionary programs–if it were to go into effect after the new year unless Congress acts (in early January 2013). While not all of the sequestration cuts ... Read More »

How Library Spaces are Changing

This summer, I had the opportunity to witness the latest in cutting-edge library services when I took a tour of Arlington Central Library (Va.), a thriving community center located a few miles outside of Washington, D.C. There, I spoke with Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh, a library veteran who has made significant strides to modernize the library system since ... Read More »

Update on Federal Appropriations

Both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives adjourned and left Washington for their annual August recess or “district work period”.  With the current 2012 fiscal year ending on September 30 none of the FY 2013 appropriations bills have been sent to President Obama’s desk for approval.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) already announced in July that no ... Read More »

IAL Application Reminder and Small change to IAL Review

There has been a slight change to the application review of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program that probably will not affect many ALA members.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on July 24 announced that the Department of Education will waive Executive Order 12372, what was a task originally included in the July 11 IAL application notice.  By waiving ... Read More »

New Challenge Offers Cities $1 Million to Develop Economic Models

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration recently announced its plans to spark local economic growth by awarding up to $1 million to six cities that will host prize competitions to encourage participants to develop economic development plans for those cities. City applications for the grant program, called the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Challenge, are due Monday, July 23, 2012. ... Read More »