Public Libraries

President Submits Budget Request to Congress

President Obama submitted his Fiscal 2017 budget to Congress this week.

President Obama sent to Congress yesterday his $4.23 trillion dollar FY17 budget request, which was greeted with uniform skepticism among many Republicans. This will be the President’s final budget to Congress before he leaves office. Proponents for library funding are disappointed in the decreased funding request for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) of over $500,000. A more severe ... 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 »

Webinar explores collaboration to serve military & their families through libraries

A military family.

The ALA and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) introduced their new partnership to the first round of potential pilot libraries last week. The effort provides an opportunity for libraries to add to their capacity to serve military members and their families with customized financial education and resources in concert with certified credit counselors. Larra Clark, deputy director of the ... Read More »

ALA joins NFCC to serve military and their families through libraries

A military family.

ALA has joined forces with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) and local libraries to deliver financial education and resources to members of the military and their families across the country. Members of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, veterans, and their families face financial challenges often not adequately addressed by resources designed for the general public. ALA and ... Read More »

Consider volunteering for ReadersFirst

ReadersFIrst is an international coalition of 300 libraries seeking to provide e-book readers with the same open, easy and free access to content that readers have with physical books.

While at ALA Midwinter, I spoke with Michael Blackwell, director of the St Mary’s County Library, about ReadersFirst, an informal organization of librarian volunteers interested in providing outstanding user focused e-book service. ReadersFirst has been around since 2012, but for those who might be unaware of their efforts, here’s the scoop: ReadersFirst is an international coalition of some 300 libraries ... Read More »