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Government Shutdown – Impact on Library Services

The following was shared by the American Library Association (ALA)Washington Office.

While the ALA Washington Office remains up and running, the shutdown will have a noticeable impact on library services across the country. To name a few:

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is closed and will be unable to disperse grants and funds to libraries as part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
  • U.S. Census websites and collection surveys will be unavailable until the government is funded.
  • The Government Printing Office (GPO) is closed. will not be updated during the shutdown. Federal Register services will continue in a limited capacity.
  • The Library of Congress will be closed to the public and researchers for the duration of the shutdown.



Action Alert! Call Congress to ask for GPO Funding!

Library staff often help the public access government information. Soon the House and then the Senate will vote on the Legislative Branch budget. This includes funding for the Government Printing Office (GPO), which is responsible for making government information available to the public, both in print and digital formats. The digital publications are stored in the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

Please call your representatives in Congress and ask them to support GPO funding at the President’s FY 2013 recommendation, plus an additional $7 million for FDsys. For background and talking points, please see the Capwiz Action Alert. From there, you can also enter your ZIP code to determine the names and phone numbers of your representatives in Congress.

Thank you in advance for making the calls!

Senate committee increases Appropriations funding for GPO

The Senate’s Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that passed on Thursday has an increase in Government Printing Office (GPO) funding over what was included in the House committee’s bill, the District Dispatch reports. The Senate bill provides $116.8 million, while the House bill includes $108.1 million.

Many thanks to everyone who contacted the Senators to request this increase!

Action Alert! Save funding for GPO, Federal Depository Library Program and FDsys

As Congress works through the Appropriations bill, there are several programs that are at risk of being cut:  the Government Printing Office (GPO), the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Federal Digital System (FDsys, which stores and archives all digital government documents).

Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to fund the GPO at the President’s FY 2012 recommendation.  It is critical to stress the value and importance of these programs and resources in providing access to government information.  If you have a story to demonstrate the value, please share that, as well.

For more background information on this issue, see the District Dispatch posting.

For talking points and to get contact information for you representatives in Congress, see the Capwiz Action Alert.

Thank you in advance for any advocacy efforts!

FY 2011 federal budget may impact government resources

The ALA Washington Office, based on a report from the Senate Committee on Appropriations, has identified some additional cuts to the FY 2011 budget that impact government resources used by libraries:

  • The Library of Congress (LOC) received a cut of 2%, or $13.4 million.  This will require a hiring freeze and potential delays in services and products.
  • The Government Printing Office (GPO) will be flat funded at $135.3 million and should be able to maintain existing operations.
  • The General Services Administration (GSA) was cut by almost $1 billion.  No decisions have been made yet, but this cut could reduce their e-government funding for sites such as

For more details on these cuts and their impact, see the District Dispatch posting.

Now is a great time to invite members of Congress to visit Maryland’s libraries to see firsthand what libraries do.  Additionally, grassroots efforts will be even more important as debate begins on the FY 2012 budget.  Updates will be posted to this blog.

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