The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the specifics of its budget based on the total funding allocated in HR 1473, the bill that will fund the federal government through the end of FY 2011. Some of the funding items are:
- IMLS received $237.8 million in funding. It lost $28 million in funding, plus another $16 million in earmarks.
- The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) will be funded at $189 million—a $24.5 million cut.
- The Grants to States section (state population-based grants within LSTA) will be funded at $160 million–a $12.5 million cut.
- The Laura Bush 21st Century Library Professionals program was cut 47.7% to $12.8 million.
As we move on to the FY 2012 budget, it will be very important to express the importance of funding for libraries.
For more information, including an allocation table , please see the District Dispatch posting.