Advocacy Alert! Ask your Rep to Fund Libraries, IMLS, LSTA & IAL

3/21/2019 Update:

Many thanks for all of your emails and phone calls to our Representatives! As of this morning, several Representatives have signed on to the Dear Appropriator Letters:

  • Signed LSTA and IAL Letters: Brown, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes
  • Signed LSTA Letter: Raskin

Feel free to send a thank you to those who have signed on.

Cummings, Harris, Hoyer and Trone have not yet signed on to either Letter and Raskin has not yet signed the IAL Letter. Please continue to email or call to ask for their signatures. It is important that they hear from us before the March 28th deadline. Check the Fund Libraries air table for the most up-to-date list of who has signed.

Thank you!

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The White House released the budget proposal for FY20. Once again, it proposes the elimination of funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Dear Appropriator letters are now available for Representatives to sign. (Letters for Senators will be coming soon.)

Please contact your Representative. We would like to have all of MD’s Representatives sign on to the Dear Appropriator letters to show their support for IMLS, LSTA and IAL. We have had great success in the past with Dear Appropriator letters and would like to continue that track record. Most MD Representatives also voted for the Museum & Library Services Act (MLSA), which reauthorized IMLS and LSTA. Here is a summary of past support:

  • Signed FY19 LSTA Letter: Brown, Cummings, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes
  • Signed FY19 IAL Letter: Raskin, Sarbanes
  • Included IMLS, LSTA & IAL on his list of funding priorities: Ruppersberger
  • Voted for MLSA: Brown, Cummings, Hoyer, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes

A few additional notes:

  • Representative Ruppersberger: Although he typically does not sign onto letters, as a member of the Appropriations Committee he has included IMLS, LSTA and IAL on his list of funding priorities so it is critical for him to hear from us.
  • Representative Harris: Although he has not typically shown support, he also serves on the Appropriations Committee so it is important for him to be contacted.
  • Representative Hoyer: As the Majority Whip, he will also likely not sign on, but it is still important for him to be contacted.
  • Representative Trone: This is his first year in office, so this is the first time he is being asked to sign onto letters.

For more information or to email your Representative, go to Engage.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy!

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Advocacy Update! MLSA has passed! Congress renewed commitment to America’s libraries

Congress passed S 3530, the Museum & Library Services Act (MLSA), to reauthorize the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)!

Many thanks for all of your advocacy! Please take a moment to thank your members of Congress for their support using Engage or sending the Tweet below. In particular, thank Senators Cardin and Van Hollen for their co-sponsorship of the bill. Representatives Brown, Cummings, Hoyer, Raskin, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes all voted for the bill. Representative Harris voted against. Representative Delaney did not vote.

If you’d rather send a Tweet, here’s the message:
Huge thanks to @SenJackReed and everyone who made the passage of the Museum and Library Services Act possible. We are grateful for Congress’ renewed commitment to supporting our nation’s libraries!

From the American Library Association Washington Office:

“ALA advocates, we applaud your steadfast work to move MLSA forward and to send a strong message to Congress that libraries and the vital services they provide have longstanding value in every community across the country. Thank you for everything you do!”

Thank you!

Advocacy Alert! Contact Senators TODAY about the Copyright Office

Please contact Senators Cardin and Van Hollen today asking them to oppose S. 1010, which is scheduled for a vote on Wed by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Neither Senator serves on this committee, but their opposition is needed.

More information from the American Library Association Washington Office:

With fewer than two weeks left in this congressional session, we face serious threats on the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress.

On Wednesday, December 12, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (S. 1010), a Senate companion to the already-passed House bill (H.R. 1695) will be voted on by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, in spite of strong opposition by ALA and others in the library community. There is intense industry pressure to pass this legislation in the lame duck session, even though this would take authority away Dr. Hayden and give it to the President.

ALA strongly opposes this bill. We urge you to contact your U.S. Senators now to express your personal opposition and ask them to vote against it.

We must keep Congress from undermining Dr. Hayden and her leadership. Make your voice heard for the Library of Congress and libraries everywhere–for Dr. Hayden, a past-president of ALA.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

Advocacy Alert! Email Senators & Rep to cosponsor Museum & Library Services Act

Building on the recent success with funding for libraries, we would now like to secure reauthorization of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). To accomplish this, the Museum and Library Services Act has been introduced in the Senate (S 3530) and House (HR 6988) with bi-partisan support. IMLS administers library funding through the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). Reauthorization of IMLS will not guarantee funding in the future, but it demonstrates a strong commitment to IMLS and to continued funding for libraries.

Please email your Senators and Representative using the Engage links below and ask them to cosponsor the reauthorization bill. A pre-written message is provided and you can personalize it to maximize impact. Additional background information is also provided at those links.

Email your Senators asking them to cosponsor S 3530.

Email your Representative asking him to cosponsor HR 6988.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

Free Advocacy Webinar on Wed 10/3 for staff serving children & families

Advocacy for Everyone  (All staff serving children and families)

Presented by the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA

Wednesday, 10/3/2018

  • 3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Join library advocates from various states as they share their case studies of advocating for libraries on the local, state, and national level. Our guests will discuss their top advocacy tips that you can implement into your daily work practice. This webinar is geared toward library staff who want to more effectively advocate and communicate their library’s value to stakeholders, but aren’t sure where to start. Panelists will include managers and non-managers. This webinar will not review legislation.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  •  Learn about tools for advocacy.
  •  Have a better understanding of advocacy and how to intentionally advocate for library services and resources.
  •  Learn tips to put into daily practice from experienced library advocate

Who Should Attend

All staff serving children and families.

Instructors

This webinar is organized by members of the Advocacy and Legislation and Managing Children’s Services committees.

Gretchen Caserotti, Library Director, Meridian Library District; Kristy Cooper, The Library Defense Network; Brian Hart, Board Member, EveryLibrary; Constance Moore, Vice President, Bucks County Free Library

Registration Cost

ALSC is offering this webinar free of charge. During the webinar presentation, due to platform capacity, only the first 100 attendees to log in will be able to access the free webinar. However, all registrants will receive a direct link to the webinar archive post-webinar.

How to Register

Click here to register for this webinar.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access

Contact

Kristen Figliulo

ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education

kfigliulo@ala.org

(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026

 

President signs bill with FY19 funding for libraries

Yesterday, the President signed a spending bill (HR 6157) that included FY19 funding for many library programs, including:

  • $242 million for Institute of Museum & Library Services, a $2 million increase
  • $189.3 million for Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA), level-funding
  • $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), level-funding

While the bill included FY19 funding for library and other programs under Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, as well as those under Defense, it included only a continuing resolution to fund the rest of the federal government through December 7th. The continuing resolution provided funding at FY18 levels and avoided a government shutdown.

All of the Maryland members of Congress voted for the budget bill, except Congressman Harris.

For more information about the library programs that were funded, please see the American Libraries article.

Thank you for all of your advocacy efforts to #FundLibraries!

 

Senate approves FY19 library funds in appropriations bill

The full Senate passed a FY19 Labor, Health, Human Services & Education (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill on Thursday with an 85-7 vote. It includes level funding plus a slight increase for IMLS.

  • $242 million for Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), a $2 million increase
  • $189.3 million for Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)

The House approved their Labor-HHS bill in July. Congress now must approve 12 spending bills before the start of FY19 on October 1, or pass a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open. The full House is expected to delay voting on the spending bills until after the November election and pass a continuing resolution instead.

Many thanks to all of your earlier advocacy efforts! Senators Cardin and Van Hollen both voted in support of the bill. Please take a moment to thank them for their support either by calling their offices or sending a message through Engage.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch article.

 


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