Action Alert! Contact Senators to sign onto LSTA & ILTSL Dear Colleague letter

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6/10/2011 Update:  Both Senators have signed onto the letter.  Please feel free to thank them.  See the Legislative Panel’s blog posting for more details.

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Please contact Senator Mikulski and Senator Cardin asking them to sign onto a Dear Colleague letter in support of FY 2012 funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL).  Signatures are needed by close of business on Wednesday, June 8th, so please call soon.  This effort is being led by Senators Jack Reed and Olympia Snowe.  Senators should contact Elyse Wasch in Reed’s office or Matthew Hussey in Snowe’s office to sign onto the letter.

When you ask the Senators to sign on, it may help if you describe at least one valuable service that your library provides the community or a success story about a library patron.  Examples include access to computers and data services to aid job searchers, support for small businesses with marketing data and other resources or teaching digital literacy to people of all ages including K-12 students.

For Maryland, LSTA funding amounts to approximately $3 million and is used to fund AskUsNow, the Summer Reading Club and staff training grants, as well as special projects in local libraries across the state.

Here are the phone numbers for the Maryland Senators’ offices:

  • Senator Mikulski – 202-224-4654
  • Senator Cardin – 202-224-4524

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

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