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#ALAWO is tracking #SaveIMLS and collecting your stories

Since 11 a.m. last Thursday (and as of 5 p.m. this afternoon), there have been 3,838 tweets under the #saveIMLS hashtag on Twitter. That is over 767 tweets a day. Or, sliced another way, there are currently 1,800 people who are participating in the conversation on Twitter. Anyway you dice it, we need this momentum to continue.

Right now, the ALA Washington Office is collecting your tweets and stories via TAGS, the Twitter Archiving Google Sheet. You can see the conversion as it has unfolded via this afternoon’s snapshot:

TAGS data visualization photo of networked #SaveIMLS conversation online.
#SaveIMLS conversation on Twitter from March 17 through March 20. The Washington Office is collecting your stories. View and explore the live version here.

As we march towards the next phase of the appropriations process, we need to keep IMLS at the center of the conversation. We need you to keep beating the drum and sharing your stories.

How can you tell an impactful story?

  • First, look up what IMLS does for you specifically. Search their database to see what they have funded in your zip code.
  • Then, pick a project (from the database or one you already know about) and tweet about it’s impact with the hashtag #saveIMLS. (Bonus points: Enter your zip code into GovTrack so you can find and tag your Senator or representative; their social media information is listed.)

While your “numbers” — how many computers, how many programs, how many books, how many patrons — are very important, the best kind of stories talk about how IMLS or LSTA funding has helped you to contribute to the “big picture.” A powerful story from your Congressional district can and will move mountains.

Here are some examples, from the 3,838 tweets, that we thought were great. Keep it coming!

Tweet text: "Because 1 in 5 Americans earning less than $30K a year have to rely on their smartphone for online access."

Tweet Text: "I am a librarian. We receive @US_IMLS $. What do I do? I train seniors in using technology to overcome age-related #digitaldivide #SaveIMLS."

Tweet Text: "Funding from @US_IMLS allowed us to empower students to be a self-directed and creative learner with technologies. #saveimls"

Stay tuned for more information, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around “Dear Appropriator” letters. Meanwhile, subscribe to our action alerts to ensure you receive the latest updates on the budget process.

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Emily Wagner

Emily is a deputy director of Advocacy Communications in the ALA's Advocacy and Public Policy Office. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's in library and information science from Catholic University.


  1. kaye grabbe kaye grabbe

    In IL, Interlibrary Loan costs are provided by the two state library systems, RAILS and Heartland. The systems contract for the ILL services. Without federal f undoing for systems, public libraries i IL will have to find ways to fur ILL. Costs will either have to be absorbed by the library or pasted on to patrons. This is only one of the services provided by federal funding. Public libraries receive relatively little federal funding, but other types of libraries are more affected.

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