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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 (kmaher@alawash.org).

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

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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!

 

Advocacy Alert! New! Ask Senators to sign Dear Appropriator letters for FY19 LSTA & IAL, #FundLibraries

April 9th Update: Senator Cardin has still not signed on. The deadline for signatures is Wednesday, April 11th. Maryland stands to lose $2.9 million in LSTA Grants to States. Please call or email Senator Cardin today!

April 5th Update: Senator Van Hollen has signed on! Please take a moment to thank him. Senator Cardin still has not signed on, but did sign both letters last year.

 

Original post:

This is a new request for action on the FY19 budget. There are now Dear Appropriator letters circulating in the Senate that ask Senators to preserve at least $210 million in federal funding for libraries, including the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Although the President’s budget proposal recommends the elimination of most federal funding for libraries, Congress has the ability to restore funding and they are currently working out the details of the FY19 budget. Getting enough signatures is key because it demonstrates the importance of and support for preserving library funding.

Neither of Maryland’s Senators have signed on yet. Because Senator Van Hollen serves on the Appropriations Committee, he may not sign a letter to himself. However, it is still important to contact both Senators to ask for their support. Last year, both Senators signed onto both letters. Information about how LSTA and IAL funds are used in Maryland, including updated 2017 information about LSTA funds, is available on the Engage site. Visit the letter tracker for up-to-date information about who has signed on; click on the name to see complete information.

See the ALA Action Center for more details and a links to send email or tweet the Senators. Thanks in advance for your advocacy!

Advocacy Alert! New! Ask Your Rep to sign Dear Appropriator letters for LSTA & IAL, #FundLibraries

March 15th Update: We’re almost there! Here are the results so far:

  • Signed neither letter: Harris, Hoyer
  • Signed LSTA letter only, not IAL: Brown, Cummings, Ruppersberger
  • Signed both LSTA and IAL letters: Delaney, Raskin, Sarbanes – Please use Engage to thank them!

Original post:

This is a new request for action on the FY19 budget. Although the President’s budget proposal recommends the elimination of most federal funding for libraries, Congress has the ability to restore funding and they are currently working out the details of the FY19 budget. There are now Dear Appropriator letters circulating in the House that ask Representatives to preserve at least $210 million in federal funding for libraries, including the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Getting enough signatures is key because it demonstrates the importance of and support for preserving library funding.

None of Maryland’s Representatives have signed on yet. Because Representatives Harris and Ruppersberger both serve on the Appropriations Committee, it is unlikely that they will sign a letter to themselves. However, it is still important to contact them to ask for their support because they can choose to include LSTA and IAL in their list of funding priorities. As the Minority Whip, Representative Hoyer also typically does not sign onto letters, but it is just as important to let him know about our funding needs. Visit the letter tracker for up-to-date information about who has signed on; click on the name to see complete information.

The deadline to sign on is March 19th. Last year, Brown, Cummings, Delaney, Raskin and Sarbanes signed onto both the LSTA and IAL letters. Ruppersberger included LSTA and IAL on his list of funding priorities. Only Harris and Hoyer did not sign on.

See the ALA Action Center for more details and a links to send email or tweet your Representative. Thanks in advance for your advocacy!

 

Library Funding Bill Passes in Subcommittee

The Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to recommend level funding in FY2018 for the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), likely including $183 million for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) & $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program!

The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the subcommittee bills as soon as next Wednesday, July 19th. See more information in the letter from ALA President Jim Neal on the District Dispatch.

Many thanks for all of your advocacy, particularly contacting Representative Harris who serves on the subcommittee that voted!

Action Alert! Contact Congress to sign Dear Colleague Letters in support of LSTA & IAL

Please take a few moments to contact your legislators in the House and Senate and ask them to support libraries. Ask them to sign two “Dear Colleague” letters in support of FY 2015 funding. If they signed on last year, please thank them and encourage them to sign on again. For greater impact, mention any personal stories about how your library benefits from this funding.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

Deadline – They must sign on by Monday, March 24th.

Why support it? The letter asks for level funding ($180.9 million from FY 2014). This is the primary source of funding for libraries in the federal budget and is used by public libraries to provide services.

For Senators:

  • Contact Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) office.
  • Last year Senator Cardin signed on to the letter. As Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski will likely not sign on, but she should still be asked to include LSTA on her list of what she cares about in the bill.

For Representatives:

  • Contact Representative Raul Grijalva’s (D-AZ) office.
  • Last year Representative Van Hollen signed on to the letter. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Representative Harris will likely not sign on, but he should still be asked to include LSTA on his list of what he cares about in the bill.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)

Deadline – They must sign on by Wednesday, April 2nd.

Why support it? This competitive grant program provides $25 million to support school libraries and national nonprofit literacy organizations working toward childhood literacy. At least half of the funds for this program would go to low-income school libraries to help update books and materials.

For Senators:

  • Contact Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) office.
  • Last year neither Senator signed onto the letter. As Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski will likely not sign on, but she should still be asked to include IAL on her list of what she cares about in the bill.

For Representatives:

  • Contact – Democrats contact Representative Jim McGovern’s (D-MA) office. Republicans contact Representative Don Young’s (R-AK) office.
  • Last year Representatives Cummings, Delaney, Sarbanes and Van Hollen signed on to the letter. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Representative Harris will likely not sign on, but he should still be asked to include IAL on his list of what he cares about in the bill.

To identify and get contact information for your representatives, and also find additional talking points please see the Capwiz Action Alerts for the House and the Senate.

Thanks in advance for reaching out to your members of Congress!

Obama’s FY 2015 budget request provides supports School Librarians

President Obama’s FY 2015 budget includes $200 million in funding for ConnectEDucators, a new program for professional development for school librarians, teachers and leaders who provide high-speed internet access to students. Training will ensure that these educators are well-prepared to use high-speed internet resources in a way that improves classroom instruction and student learning.

The budget request also includes funding for school librarians through the Department of Education’s Race to the Top program. Through the Equity and Opportunity Program, states and school districts with high poverty areas will need to establish a means of keeping their best educators, including school librarians, in their schools.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch post.


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