Archive for July, 2011

Action Alert! Ask Senators to support SKILLs Act & help school libraries

Action is needed now to help school libraries!  The Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act (S 1328) has been introduced.  The bill would ensure effective school libraries by amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is up for reauthorization.

Even if you are not a school librarian, please consider contacting Senators Mikulski and Cardin and ask them to co-sponsor the SKILLs Act (S 1328).  The SKILLs Act was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee.  Senator Mikulski serves on the HELP Committee, so her support would be particularly helpful.  You may contact the Senators using Capwiz or call their offices.  Phone numbers are listed under the Contact tab for Senator Mikulski and Senator Cardin.

For more information and talking points, see the District Dispatch posting.  Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide with this advocacy effort!

Library partner needs help; Maryland Humanities Council faces federal cuts

At the federal level, the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) is facing significant budget cuts.  The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) uses this funding to support programs that benefit libraries, such as the One Maryland, One Book program.

To find out how you can help prevent further cuts, please see the MHC advocacy page.

SKILLs Act reintroduced with school library provisions

The Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act (S 1328) has been reintroduced as a bi-partisan bill.  It includes some important provisions to make sure schools have effective libraries.  For more information, please see the District Dispatch posting.

S 1328 has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, but no mark-up date has been set.  ALA is encouraging people to contact Senators to ask for support of S 1328.  No Action Alert has been set up, but you can still use Capwiz to contact Senators Mikulski and Cardin.  Senator Mikulski serves on the HELP Committee, so her support would be particularly helpful.

Workforce Investment Act Update

Thank you to everyone who contacted Senator Mikulski to ask that public libraries be included in the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  The Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s mark-up of the bill has been rescheduled several times and is currently set for July 20th.  Further information on whether the bill includes public libraries will be provided when it is available.



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