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Author: Kathi Kromer

Kathi Kromer is the Associate Executive Director of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

Record number of signatures in the Senate

Thanks to the efforts of ALA advocates across the country, this year’s Dear Appropriator Campaign proved a success in the Senate with an increased number of signatures on the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) letter and sustained support for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) letter. The bipartisan LSTA…

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Big federal funding increases for libraries

The following message is from ALA President Jim Neal: We are thrilled that Congress has passed an FY2018 omnibus spending bill today that includes significant federal funding increases for our nation’s libraries! One year ago, the White House proposed eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and slashed…

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White House budget proposal continues to miscalculate the value of libraries

In its FY2019 budget released today, the White House proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to America’s libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The decision echoes the FY 2018 proposal, which also eliminated the grant-making agency…

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