ALA: House must follow Senate’s lead, pass Museum and Library Services Act

Contact: Jenni Terry Press Officer ALA Washington Office (202) 628-8410 For Immediate Release December 8, 2010  WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate passed the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA) Reauthorization (S. 3984) late Tuesday night under unanimous consent, bringing the bill one step closer to reauthorization before the end of the Congressional session. Emily Sheketoff, executive director of ... Read More »

Senate HELP Committee on a roll, taking up Hildreth nomination and LSTA

It may be a lame duck Congress, but there is news from the Senate for the library community today. This morning the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee reported S.3984, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010, from committee with unanimous consent. The bill includes the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and reauthorizes the Institute of Museum and ... Read More »

ALA asks Congress to ensure BTOP implementation continues

The ALA today sent letters to leaders in the House  and Senate, expressing how critical it is for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to have the resources to continue oversight and implementation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). As a result of more than 230 BTOP grants awarded, over 2,000 libraries will be provided with high-capacity broadband access. ... Read More »

HELP Committee is Scheduled to Vote on the Nomination of Susan Hildreth and LSTA Reauthorization

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will be holding a full committee markup at 10am on Wednesday, December 1.  On the agenda for this markup, among other issues, the committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Susan Hildreth to be the director of the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS). Also, on the agenda ... Read More »

Rural Libraries: Beefing up the Funds [webinar video]

Rural Libraries: Beefing up the Funds from ALA Washington on Vimeo. Cheryl Cook, the Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture; Carla Anderson, the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of e-Copernicus, a Washington consulting firm expert in broadband; and Kevin Cherry, Senior Program Officer for the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s Office of Library Service, give their ... Read More »