Funding

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 »

Corporate champions urge all Senators to support FY18 library funding

US Capitol Building

If you’re part of or connected to the library world in any way, you know that the President’s “skinny budget” released in mid-March proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the small and respected federal agency that administers bulk of federal library funding. It also “zeroed out” virtually all such appropriations anywhere in the federal government, including ... Read More »

#NLLD17 roundup

The VA delegation speaks with a staffer at Rep. Bobby Scott's office.

Last week, we were thrilled to welcome over 530 librarians to Washington, D.C. for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) 2017. With representatives from every state, and over 1,000 additional library supporters who committed to join in the advocacy efforts from home, the energy this year was higher than ever. In the wake of the President’s budget proposal, which included the ... Read More »

LSTA nets small increase in shutdown-avoiding FY17 omnibus spending bill

Seven months past their October 1, 2016 deadline — the start of the Fiscal Year — the U.S. Senate late yesterday approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (H.R. 244): a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package for FY2017. It includes additional funding for libraries. The House approved the spending measure on Wednesday, just two days after it was released early Monday ... Read More »

The fight for library funding is on in the U.S. Senate

Fight For Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding.

The Fight for Libraries! has moved to the United States Senate. Today, two “Dear Appropriator” letters began circulating in the Senate, one seeking $186.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL) program for FY 2018. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are again championing funds ... Read More »