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Status of the Current Federal Budget(s): FY2018+

Over the next few weeks, the White House is expected to release its FY2019 budget request to Congress. We expect the budget to include draconian cuts to library, education and other non-defense discretionary spending. In fact, we believe the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is likely to be…

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ALA to Congress in 2018: Continue to #FundLibraries

2017 was an extraordinary year for America’s libraries. When faced with serious threats to federal library funding, ALA members and library advocates rallied in unprecedented numbers to voice their support for libraries at strategic points throughout the year*. Tens of thousands of phone calls and emails to Congress were registered…

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Senators introduce bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2017

Acknowledging the critical role of libraries as anchor institutions in communities across the nation, a group of senators under the leadership of Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 (S. 2271).…

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Quick history of the Museum and Library Services Act

When we talk about saving the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding, we are also talking about the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), a piece of legislation with a 53-year long history. Here’s a quick background: 1964: The 36th U.S.…

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