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IMLS releases budget plan for FY 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the specifics of its budget based on the total funding allocated in HR 1473, the bill that will fund the federal government through the end of FY 2011.  Some of the funding items are:

  • IMLS received $237.8 million in funding.  It lost $28 million in funding, plus another $16 million in earmarks.
  • The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) will be funded at $189 million—a $24.5 million cut.
  • The Grants to States section (state population-based grants within LSTA) will be funded at $160 million–a $12.5 million cut.
  • The Laura Bush 21st Century Library Professionals program was cut 47.7% to $12.8 million.

As we move on to the FY 2012 budget, it will be very important to express the importance of funding for libraries.

For more information, including an allocation table , please see the District Dispatch posting.

FY 2011 federal budget includes IMLS cuts, ILTSL uncertainty

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office has examined the FY 2011 budget, which is scheduled for a vote on Thursday.  They found two disappointing items: 

  • IMLS cut – The Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) was cut by $28 million, bringing the total funding down to $237.8 million.  It is unknown where within IMLS these cuts will be made.
  • ILTSL – The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL) program is not listed in the budget bill (HR 1473).  This means that the Department of Education will have 30 days to submit an operating plan or expenditure for school libraries.

No amendments are expected to be introduced before Thursday’s vote and the bill is expected to pass.  At this point, the strategy of the ALA Washington Office will be to focus on maintaining or increasing funding for libraries in the FY 2012 budget.

Thank you to everyone who took action to advocate for library funding in the FY 2011 budget.  Grassroots efforts will be even more important as debate begins on the FY 2012 budget.  Further updates will be posted to this blog.

For additional comments, please see the District Dispatch posting.

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