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MD Congressmen Sign on to Dear Colleague Letters

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, we were able to get several members of Congress to sign on to Dear Colleague Letters in support of FY 2014 funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and literacy through the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Signees were:

  • LSTA: Senator Cardin and Congressman Van Hollen
  • IAL: Congressmen Cummings, Delaney, Sarbanes and Van Hollen

Please take a moment to thank the Congressmen for their support! You can use Capwiz to do so.

Overall, 57 members of the House and 34 Senators signed on to the LSTA letter. The IAL letter was signed on to by 103 members of the House and 26 Senators. For background on this call for signatures, see the Legislative Panel’s blog posts for the House and the Senate.

 

Action Alert! Ask Senators to Sign LSTA & Literacy Dear Colleague Letters

It is now time to contact the Senators! Please call Senator Mikulski (202-224-4654) and Senator Cardin (202-224-4524) by Wednesday, April 24th and ask them to sign onto two separate “Dear Colleague” letters in support of libraries—one for funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and one for childhood literacy. Read on for talking points and instructions.  Continue reading ‘Action Alert! Ask Senators to Sign LSTA & Literacy Dear Colleague Letters’

Action Alert! Ask Your Representative to Sign onto LSTA and Literacy Dear Colleague Letters

Please call your U.S. Representative by Wednesday, April 10th and ask them to sign two separate “Dear Colleague” letters in support of libraries–one for LSTA Funding and one for childhood literacy. Read on for talking points and instructions.

Continue reading ‘Action Alert! Ask Your Representative to Sign onto LSTA and Literacy Dear Colleague Letters’

MD Senators sign on to LSTA Dear Colleague Letter

Both Senator Mikulski and Senator Cardin signed onto the Dear Colleague letter in support of Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) funding. The letter asked for the funding to remain flat for FY 2013, as it is currently in the Appropriations bill 

At this point, it is unknown which members of the House may have signed onto a similar letter or whether or not any members of Congress signed onto the Dear Colleague letter in support of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant.

Many thanks to everyone who contacted the Senators to ask for their support!

Action Alert! Dear Colleague letters for LSTA & Literacy

There are two separate Dear Colleague letters circulating in the House and the Senate that support funding for libraries in the FY 2013 Appropriations bill.

  1. LSTA Funding – This letter supports level funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) in FY 2013. This is the primary source of funding for public libraries in the federal budget. Here are links for the letter for the Representatives and the Senators.
  2. Literacy Grant – This letter supports funding already in the Appropriations bill for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant in FY 2013. At least half of this funding is set aside to go to low-income school libraries. Here are links for the letter to the Representatives and the Senators.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives to ask them to sign onto the letters. The deadline for Representatives is March 14th.  The deadline for Senators is March 26th. Senator Mikulski has already signed onto the LSTA letter, so please thank her for her support.

For more information, including talking points and how members of Congress can sign onto the letters, please check out the Capwiz Action Alerts for the House and Senate. You can enter your ZIP code to get phone numbers to your elected officials.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Maryland Senators sign on to LSTA & ILTSL letter!

Senators Mikulski and Cardin have both signed onto the Dear Colleague letter in support of funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL) program.  The American Library Association Washington Office confirmed their signatures in their District Dispatch posting.  (For background information on the request, see the Legislative Panel’s blog posting.)

Thank you to everyone who contacted Maryland’s Senators to ask for their support!  These grassroots efforts have certainly made a difference!  Don’t forget to contact the Senators to thank them for their support.  This can be easily done using Capwiz.

Action Alert! Contact Senators to sign onto LSTA & ILTSL Dear Colleague letter

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6/10/2011 Update:  Both Senators have signed onto the letter.  Please feel free to thank them.  See the Legislative Panel’s blog posting for more details.

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Please contact Senator Mikulski and Senator Cardin asking them to sign onto a Dear Colleague letter in support of FY 2012 funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL).  Signatures are needed by close of business on Wednesday, June 8th, so please call soon.  This effort is being led by Senators Jack Reed and Olympia Snowe.  Senators should contact Elyse Wasch in Reed’s office or Matthew Hussey in Snowe’s office to sign onto the letter.

When you ask the Senators to sign on, it may help if you describe at least one valuable service that your library provides the community or a success story about a library patron.  Examples include access to computers and data services to aid job searchers, support for small businesses with marketing data and other resources or teaching digital literacy to people of all ages including K-12 students.

For Maryland, LSTA funding amounts to approximately $3 million and is used to fund AskUsNow, the Summer Reading Club and staff training grants, as well as special projects in local libraries across the state.

Here are the phone numbers for the Maryland Senators’ offices:

  • Senator Mikulski – 202-224-4654
  • Senator Cardin – 202-224-4524

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!



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