Legislation

Corporate champions urge all Senators to support FY18 library funding

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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 »

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 »

Advocacy home run ignites FY 2018 library funding rally!

LSTA and IAL letters with the signatures

If you have been to this page in the last few weeks, you know that the President has proposed wiping out all library funding – and the agency that administers much of it (IMLS) – in his initial FY 2018 budget proposal. You also know that thousands of librarians, library supporters, users, vendors and citizen advocates in literally every Congressional ... Read More »

House library champions release FY18 “Dear Appropriator” letters

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Your limited-time-only chance to ask for your House Member’s backing for LSTA and IAL begins now. Where does your Representative stand on supporting FY 2018 library funding? Against the backdrop of the President’s proposal last week to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services and virtually all other library funding sources, their answer this year is more important than ... Read More »

President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding

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This morning, President Trump released his budget proposal for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating. Library funding that comes through other sources such as the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and the National Endowment for the Humanities is also affected. Just how ... Read More »