Archive for May, 2016

Advocacy Alert! Protect LSTA and IAL Funding

Although the President’s FY 2017 budget proposal includes level funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), libraries are still being cut. Funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is cut by over half a million dollars. Keeping LSTA funding at $186.6 million would allow libraries to continue critical programs. The proposed budget does include level funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) at $27 million.

The Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee will be working on the IMLS budget mark up as early as next week. Senator Mikulski is a member of this subcommittee. Please take a moment to contact the Senator and ask her to continue her long-standing support of libraries by keeping IAL funding at $27 million and restoring funding to LSTA at $186.6 million. Talk about how the LSTA cut will negatively impact library services. Check out this LSTA handout created by Maryland’s Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) to see how LSTA funds are used to transform lives statewide. For more information on how to contact Senator Mikulski, go to the American Library Association’s Engage website and click on Send an Email (provides a pre-written letter), Make a Call or Send a Tweet.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

Advocacy Alert! Tell Congress that Cataloging and Politics Don’t Mix

The Library of Congress has long-standing, professional practices and principles that are used to propose updates to subject headings. In March, the Library of Congress did just that, proposing to update the subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal aliens” to “Noncitizens” and/or “Unauthorized immigration.”

However, the House Appropriations Committee is ready to order the Library of Congress not to make those changes. A vote will likely occur in a few days.

Maryland has two members of Congress that serve on the House Appropriations Committee—Congressman Harris and Congressman Ruppersberger. If they are your representatives, please contact them to ask that they respect the Library of Congress’ professional opinion by keeping any instructions or discussion of subject headings out of the Library of Congress’s funding bill and its legislative report. More background information and how to contact your elected officials appear in the links below:

Not sure who your elected officials are? Just enter your ZIP code on the right in the “Find Your Elected Officials” box on the Action Center.

A more detailed explanation appears in the District Dispatch.

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

Email Privacy Act passes unanimously in House; moves to Senate Judiciary Committee

The Email Privacy Act (HR 699) passed unanimously in the House, 419-0—an unheard of vote. The American Library Association Washington Office’s District Dispatch reports that “The successful joint effort produced a bill that will amend ECPA [Electronic Communications Privacy Act] so that, for the first time, any authority seeking the actual content of an individual’s emails, texts, tweets, online photos, files stored in the cloud and other electronic communications will first have to get a real search warrant from a real judge.”

All of Maryland’s Representatives voted for the bill except Congressman Van Hollen, who did not vote. Please take the time to contact your Representative and thank them for their support, especially Congressmen Cummings, Edwards and Harris who co-sponsored the bill.

The work is entirely done. The bill has now moved over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hope is that the Senate will either pass HR 699 or its own similar bill, S 356.

For more information, see the article in the District Dispatch.

 



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