Library Advocacy

Senate boosts funding for IMLS, LSTA thanks to ALA grassroots

Several piles of gold coins symbolizing government funding.

Congress delivered good news for library funding after returning from its August recess this week. Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an increase of $4 million in funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), all of which would go to the formula-based Grants to States program. Following months of intensive Hill lobbying by ALA Washington Office staff ... Read More »

Take action for libraries: webinar

Have you ever asked, “How do I become an advocate for libraries?” Have you ever wondered what National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is, and how it impacts libraries? Have you ever thought, “What I can do to advocate for libraries from home?” The COL Grassroots subcommittee is presenting a free webinar entitled Take Action For Libraries: Advocating for Libraries at ... Read More »

FCC extends Net Neutrality public comment period to August 30

FCC building in Washington, D.C.

On Friday, the FCC announced it would extend the public comment period on its proposal to roll back a 2015 order protecting net neutrality for an additional two weeks. This phase of the process is supposed to allow for “replies” to arguments raised by other commenters. With close to 20 million comments in the public record so far, any additional ... Read More »

A visit to Senator Tester’s field office

Senator Tester speaking at a town hall meeting.

I moved to Montana three years ago when I accepted a position as director of Montana State University’s School Library Media preparation program. Like any good librarian, the very first thing I did when I moved to Bozeman was obtain my library card. And like any good library advocate, the second thing I did was learn about Montana politics. Montana ... Read More »