IMLS holds Hill Briefing on Workforce Investment

Recently, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) sponsored a Congressional briefing titled “How Libraries Support Workforce Development.” The briefing featured several speakers from a variety of libraries and agencies that have seen firsthand the important role libraries have been playing in helping patrons find work and offering training to small businesses. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) was in attendance ... Read More »

Quick Update on Continuing Resolution

Congress recently passed a six-month continuing resolution (CR)–a spending bill required to avoid a government shutdown–that will fund the federal government through March 27, 2013. The CR is awaiting signature by the President, but he is expected to sign it before October 1.  The action of a CR became necessary (as it does in most years) since none of the ... Read More »

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 »