Archive for December, 2011

Congress passes FY 12 budget bill; includes funding for libraries

Both the Senate and the House have now passed an Omnibus Appropriations Bill and the President is expected to sign it this week. The bill provides funding for libraries, including:

  • $28.6 million for literacy, at least half of which must go to low income school libraries.
  • $185 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

For more details, see the District Dispatch post.

Again, many thanks to everyone who contacted members of Congress to ask for support of library funding! Votes for the Appropriations bill followed party lines among Maryland’s members of Congress. In the Senate, Mikulski and Cardin both voted for the bill and in the House Cummings, Edwards, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes and Van Hollen voted for the bill. Please feel free to thank these members of Congress for their support of libraries with a phone call or using Capwiz!

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House passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill with provisions for school libraries, Senate expected to do the same on Saturday

On Friday, the House passed the Conference Report for an Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which included funds for school libraries.  Thanks to Senator Jack Reed, who had funding included in the Appropriations Bill for Literacy, including a competitive Grant Program for school libraries.

Many thanks to all the school library supporters who called their Representatives over the past two months! The House kept Senator Reed’s program in the Bill and it is now going to the Senate.  They are expected to pass it on Saturday.

Action Alert! Ask your Representative to vote NO on SOPA!

On Thursday, December 15th at 10am, the House Judiciary Committee will be marking up and possibly voting on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Maryland has no representatives on this committee, but you can still call and ask your Representative to spread the word to vote NO on SOPA.  This bill threatens the protections that individuals and libraries currently have regarding Internet streaming, censorship and privacy. For more information, including talking points and access to your Representative’s phone number, please visit the Capwiz Action Alert.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy you can provide!

Advocacy Preconferences at ALA Midwinter Conference

If you are attending the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Dallas in January, check out the advocacy preconferences that are being offered. See the District Dispatch post  for details.

Action Alert! Twitter Blast for School Libraries TODAY at 3pm!

The American Library Association Washington Office is coordinating a Twitter Blast for today at 3pm in support of school libraries. See the information below for more details. Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts! (Apologies for the short notice. An earlier announcement was not seen.)

From the American Library Association Washington Office:

A reminder that a Twitter Blast is scheduled today at 3pm EST. Please support school libraries by tweeting the following message at both your senators and your representative (below is an example of the tweet directed at Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montanta):

@DennyRehberg Keep $30 mil for #literacy and school #libraries in this year’s federal funding!

To find out if your Congressional representatives are on Twitter and what their handles are, visit this website: http://classic.tweetcongress.org/officials/states.

If your member’s are in fact on Twitter simply click on the picture below their name to be directed to their Twitter page. There you can copy and paste the above tweet into the text box to tweet directly at them. Feel free to personalize the message with the remaining characters.

We’re shooting for over 1000 tweets so I hope you will help us reach our goal. Thanks!

Webinar: Education, lobbying & advocacy – What’s allowed?

Education, lobbying and advocacy are often used interchangeably. However, there are differences in their definitions and what is and is not allowed. Find out what library supporters can and can’t do in this free webinar on Tuesday, December 6th at 4:00pm offered by the American Library Association’s Washington Office. For more information and to register, see the District Dispatch post.

 



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