Congress passes Omnibus Spending Bill for FY 2014

Last week, the U.S. House and Senate passed a bill to fund the federal government through FY 2014.  This legislation partially restores funding to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and other funding sources for libraries that were significantly cut by sequestration in FY 2013. LSTA appropriations increased from $175,044,000 in FY 2013, to $180,909,000 for FY 2014.

Unfortunately, the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant funding, of which half must go to low income libraries, has only been funded at $25 million, which is a $2.4 million cut from FY 2013 funding levels.

This bill also included a positive change to increase online accessibility to tax-payer funded scientific research. Designated federal agencies will be required to provide online access to some articles no more than 12 months after the articles have been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their elected officials!

For more details, see the District Dispatch post.

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