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FY 2019 appropriations bills move forward, just in time for National Library Legislative Day

Progress on the FY 2019 appropriations bills moves forward towards the October 1 deadline. ALA members participating in next week’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), or Virtual Library Legislative Day, are weighing in on library funding at a critical time as House and Senate Appropriations Committees are still crafting their…


Rescissions: The give and take of congressional budgeting

Can Congress and the president take back spending weeks after they approved said spending? The short answer is, yes, through a procedure called a “rescission,” but it won’t be easy. Federal budgeting for more than $3 billion in annual spending is a complex process with rules, delays and pitfalls that…

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School library literacy grants available

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the beginning of the application period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grants. This program, which is open to school libraries, provides $27 million in federal funding to support the improvement of literacy skills for youth in high-need schools and communities. Applicants…

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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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Senate appropriations letter campaign ends soon

The campaign to save library funding ends next week in the Senate following the recent launch of two “Dear Appropriator” letters supporting funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. The recent FY 2018 Omnibus budget provided increased funding for LSTA…

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