2/17/2011 UPDATE – Amendment #35 (IMLS & LSTA budget cut) defeated! View the update.
2/18/2011 UPDATE – Conyers Amendment (#524, PATRIOT Act revision to halt funding to FISA orders for library and bookstore records) was also defeated. View the update.
Congress is now working on a Continuing Resolution for the FY2011 budget. The current Continuing Resolution for the FY2011 budget is set to expire on March 4th. There are two amendments that impact libraries that require action:
- IMLS & LSTA funding – Amendment #35 would eliminate all funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding. Please contact your representative in the House and ask him/her to OPPOSE Amendment #35. What does a total loss of LSTA funding mean for Maryland? The staff at the Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) will be cut in half. There will be no grant money for the Summer Reading Club and AskUsNow. You can view a complete list of what Maryland will lose.
- Funding for FISA orders seeking library and bookstore records – Conyers’ amendment would halt all funding for these Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders. Please contact your representative in the House and ask him/her to SUPPORT this amendment.
Please contact your representative regarding these two amendments. A Capwiz Action Alert is available, including more details and talking points. It also includes a pre-written letter that you may edit to personalize the message. Feel free to use the complete list to show the impact a total loss of LSTA funding would have on Maryland’s libraries.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide!