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Advocacy Update! MLSA has passed! Congress renewed commitment to America’s libraries

Congress passed S 3530, the Museum & Library Services Act (MLSA), to reauthorize the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)!

Many thanks for all of your advocacy! Please take a moment to thank your members of Congress for their support using Engage or sending the Tweet below. In particular, thank Senators Cardin and Van Hollen for their co-sponsorship of the bill. Representatives Brown, Cummings, Hoyer, Raskin, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes all voted for the bill. Representative Harris voted against. Representative Delaney did not vote.

If you’d rather send a Tweet, here’s the message:
Huge thanks to @SenJackReed and everyone who made the passage of the Museum and Library Services Act possible. We are grateful for Congress’ renewed commitment to supporting our nation’s libraries!

From the American Library Association Washington Office:

“ALA advocates, we applaud your steadfast work to move MLSA forward and to send a strong message to Congress that libraries and the vital services they provide have longstanding value in every community across the country. Thank you for everything you do!”

Thank you!


Advocacy Alert! Contact Senators TODAY about the Copyright Office

Please contact Senators Cardin and Van Hollen today asking them to oppose S. 1010, which is scheduled for a vote on Wed by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Neither Senator serves on this committee, but their opposition is needed.

More information from the American Library Association Washington Office:

With fewer than two weeks left in this congressional session, we face serious threats on the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress.

On Wednesday, December 12, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (S. 1010), a Senate companion to the already-passed House bill (H.R. 1695) will be voted on by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, in spite of strong opposition by ALA and others in the library community. There is intense industry pressure to pass this legislation in the lame duck session, even though this would take authority away Dr. Hayden and give it to the President.

ALA strongly opposes this bill. We urge you to contact your U.S. Senators now to express your personal opposition and ask them to vote against it.

We must keep Congress from undermining Dr. Hayden and her leadership. Make your voice heard for the Library of Congress and libraries everywhere–for Dr. Hayden, a past-president of ALA.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!


Advocacy Alert! Email Senators & Rep to cosponsor Museum & Library Services Act

Building on the recent success with funding for libraries, we would now like to secure reauthorization of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). To accomplish this, the Museum and Library Services Act has been introduced in the Senate (S 3530) and House (HR 6988) with bi-partisan support. IMLS administers library funding through the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). Reauthorization of IMLS will not guarantee funding in the future, but it demonstrates a strong commitment to IMLS and to continued funding for libraries.

Please email your Senators and Representative using the Engage links below and ask them to cosponsor the reauthorization bill. A pre-written message is provided and you can personalize it to maximize impact. Additional background information is also provided at those links.

Email your Senators asking them to cosponsor S 3530.

Email your Representative asking him to cosponsor HR 6988.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!


Free Advocacy Webinar on Wed 10/3 for staff serving children & families

Advocacy for Everyone  (All staff serving children and families)

Presented by the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA

Wednesday, 10/3/2018

  • 3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Join library advocates from various states as they share their case studies of advocating for libraries on the local, state, and national level. Our guests will discuss their top advocacy tips that you can implement into your daily work practice. This webinar is geared toward library staff who want to more effectively advocate and communicate their library’s value to stakeholders, but aren’t sure where to start. Panelists will include managers and non-managers. This webinar will not review legislation.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  •  Learn about tools for advocacy.
  •  Have a better understanding of advocacy and how to intentionally advocate for library services and resources.
  •  Learn tips to put into daily practice from experienced library advocate

Who Should Attend

All staff serving children and families.


This webinar is organized by members of the Advocacy and Legislation and Managing Children’s Services committees.

Gretchen Caserotti, Library Director, Meridian Library District; Kristy Cooper, The Library Defense Network; Brian Hart, Board Member, EveryLibrary; Constance Moore, Vice President, Bucks County Free Library

Registration Cost

ALSC is offering this webinar free of charge. During the webinar presentation, due to platform capacity, only the first 100 attendees to log in will be able to access the free webinar. However, all registrants will receive a direct link to the webinar archive post-webinar.

How to Register

Click here to register for this webinar.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Kristen Figliulo

ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education

(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026


Advocacy Update: FY19 LSTA & IAL funding & Thank you to Harris

As you may have heard, both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees passed FY19 funding bills that include level funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). LSTA was funded at $186.3 million and IAL was funded at $27 million. The next steps are for the bills to go to the full Senate and House. No date has been set for this. For more information, see the District Dispatch article.

Congressman Harris serves on the Labor HHS-Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Many thanks to everyone who contacted Congressman Harris to ask him to support LSTA and IAL funding! We now need to tell him thank you and we received a request from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office to do just that—see below for specifics. If you are in Harris’ district, please take a moment to thank him!

From the ALA Washington Office:

One of the best ways to ensure full funding is to express our thanks to the elected leaders who have supported libraries. As Representative Harris serves on the House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, a “thank you” can be doubly powerful right now.

Would you take a moment to thank Congressman Harris for his support of libraries with a call, tweet, letter, or letter to the editor expressing thanks on behalf of your community?

You can reach his congressional office at 202-225-5311.

Use his social media handles to tweet at them a message such as “thank you Rep. Harris for supporting federal funding for libraries – it helps our library [do x, y, z].” Using original photos from your library provides an added personal touch. His twitter “handle” is: @RepAndyHarrisMD.

The message points to express are (and please add any personal examples from your state):

1. Thank you for supporting libraries in your district and state.

2. LSTA funding ensures that everyone has access to a broad range of library services in your state. The funding provided by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, along with matching state funds, allows libraries to provide access to resources state-wide, implement services for veterans, run summer reading programs, support small business and entrepreneurs as well as many other high-demand services.

3. IAL funding is a small but important program for early childhood literacy. Developing strong literacy skills at an early age is one of the best indicators of a students’ future success in education.


Thank you!


Advocacy Alert! Call Harris today (June 6) to ask for LSTA and IAL support

This is a new call for advocacy for FY19 funding–a special request from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, specifically for advocates in Congressional District 1. Not sure of your District? Go to the MLA Engage site and enter your address under Find your elected officials.

As you know, ALA and library advocates have been working to preserve funding for federal libraries in the face of the administration’s proposed cuts. Many thanks for your previous efforts! We are approaching a critical juncture this month, as both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are expected to introduce their versions of the funding bills for Fiscal Year 2019. These key Congressional committees will make decisions about which programs will receive funding – including library programs like the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

Congressman Harris serves on the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee (Labor HHS) and will be a key decisionmaker about the future of library funding. He needs to hear from you about the importance of federal funding for libraries.

Please call Representative Andy Harris today at (202) 225-5311 and say:

  • I am a constituent calling about the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill.
  • Please support libraries in our community by preserving funding for the Library Services and Technology Act and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program.
  • Full funding protects nearly $3 million (FY18) for Maryland. Those funds provide library services to children, families, veterans, small businesses, job seekers, and many others across our state.
  • Please support at least $189 million for LSTA and $27 million for IAL.

By calling together on the same day, we can make a biggest impact on Capitol Hill. Please take five minutes to call today– and help us protect over $210 million that strengthens America’s libraries.

With your support, last year we increased funding for LSTA and protected IAL funding, even though the White House called to eliminate them. But each year is a new year, and we have to continue to show up for our libraries. Your Representative is a critical vote for libraries nationwide – please call today.

To help even more, after you made your call please post on social media (#FundLibraries) or email a quick note to Kevin Maher (

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!


Advocacy Update: FY19 LSTA & IAL Dear Appropriator Letters

Many thanks to everyone who contacted Congress to ask for signatures on the Dear Appropriator letters in support of FY19 funding for LSTA and IAL! Both Senators signed on to both letters, as did Representatives Delaney, Raskin and Sarbanes. Representatives Brown, Cummings and Ruppersberger signed on to the LSTA letter. Please take a moment to use Engage to reach out to the Senators and your Representative and thank them for their support!



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