Archive for May, 2019

Advocacy Alert Update: House Appropriations approves IMLS increase!

Please see below for some good news from the American Library Association’s Public Policy and Advocacy Team in Washington DC!

Thank you to everyone who contacted our legislators to ask for support for the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL). If you have not already done so, please take a moment and use Engage to thank the Senators and Representatives who signed on to the Dear Appropriator letters. Legislators who signed include:

  • LSTA & IAL: Senators Cardin & Van Hollen and Representatives Brown, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes
    • Note: Please give a special thank you to Representative Ruppersberger, who serves on the Appropriations Committee.
  • LSTA only: Representative Cummings

Thank you!


From The Public Policy & Advocacy Team on Wednesday, May 8, 2019:

We have exciting news to share on #FundLibraries. This evening, the House Appropriators Committee approved its FY2020 funding bills, which contained a $25 million increase for IMLS, including $17 million for LSTA! That’s exactly what we asked for in our Dear Appropriator letter. The $17 million increase is dedicated to the Grants to States program and would bring the minimum state allocation to $1 million recommended in the Museum and Library Services Act we worked so hard to pass last year. Moreover, the House markup includes a $2 million increase for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program, a Department of Education program which provides competitive grants to school libraries.

Today’s House mark would bring overall IMLS funding to $267 million, LSTA funding up to $206.3 million, and IAL to $29 million. Of course, this is just one step on the pathway to appropriations, but it’s a big step in the right direction. We know that the Senate will be a steeper climb. We’ve already begun targeted outreach to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and will continue to work closely with advocates in those key states.

In the meantime, please take a moment to send an email thanking your representative if they are on the Appropriations Committee or if they signed one of the Dear Appropriator letters.

Thank you!

The Public Policy and Advocacy Team


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