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DOE confirms half of IAL funds reserved for school libraries

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

IAL Grant Applications due by May 9 The Department of Education today issued a notice in the Federal Register clarifying that 50 percent of all Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant funds, more than $13 million, are reserved for use by school libraries. In it, the Department stated categorically that last year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act committee report directed DOE to “ensure ... Read More »

2016 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service announced

10 Winners of the 2016 National Medal for Library and Museum Service Announced

On April 19, 2016, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. Now in its 22nd year, the National Medal celebrates libraries and museums that “respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a ... Read More »

DOE now accepting IAL grant proposals; due by May 9

Glasses and a pen on top of paperwork

The Department of Education today began accepting applications for the nearly $27 million in Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program grant funds available this year to schools and non-profits seeking support for their early literacy efforts. ALA and its grassroots successfully advocated vociferously last year for Congress to support IAL at this level of funding and are doing so again ... Read More »

ALA Washington announces 2016 WHCLIST winner

Congressional negotiators will be burning the midnight oils over the weekend to craft a final bill.

This week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office announced that Dan A. Aldridge of Winterville, GA is the winner of the 2016 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. Given to a non-librarian participant attending National Library Legislative Day, the award covers hotel fees and includes $300 stipend to defray the cost of attending the event. ... Read More »

ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries

Cherry Hill Public Library

Cutting funds to libraries hinders services being delivered directly to people in their communities After reviewing President Obama’s Fiscal 2017 Budget released today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), issued the following statement: We are truly disappointed that the President’s budget does not recognize the value libraries bring to our country. Every day America’s libraries create individual ... Read More »