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ALA sends letter to Congress urging reauthorization of Library Services and Technology Act

February 25, 2009

Contact: Jenni Terry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) today sent a letter to every member of Congress, urging reauthorization of the Library Services and Technology Act.

On January 28, the ALA Council passed a resolution in support of the reauthorization of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) during the ALA 2009 Midwinter Conference in Denver, Co.

The resolution states that the ALA urges the U.S. Congress to reauthorize LSTA in a timely manner.

LSTA, the only federal funding program exclusively for libraries, was reauthorized as part of the Museum and Library Services Act of 2003 (H.R. 13) and signed by former President Bush on September 25, 2003 (P.L. 108-81). LSTA is up for reauthorization in 2009.

The letter states that all around the country, knowledgeable librarians use the flexible LSTA funding to help patrons access essential information on a wide range of topics. They offer training on résumé development, help on Web searches of job banks, workshops on career information, links to essential educational and community services, assistive devices for people with disabilities, family and youth literacy classes and services, homework help and mentoring programs, access to government information, a forum for enhanced civic engagement, summer reading programs and much more.

Click here to view the letter to Senate; the letter  to the House of Representatives can be viewed here.

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