Your advocacy efforts are needed! Please take a moment to contact Senators Mikulski and Cardin and ask them to co-sponsor the bill to reauthorize the Museum & Library Services Act. Read on for more information from the American Library Association Washington Office, including talking points and a link to call or email our Senators.
Every year, nearly $200 million in federal library funding is awarded to every state in the nation by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS can do that work, and gets the funding it needs, in no small measure because Congress passed and periodically “reauthorizes” the Museum and Library Services Act. It’s time for Congress to renew that important landmark legislation again and library champions in the Senate have just introduced a bill, S. 3391, to do exactly that. With just a few weeks remaining after the November elections to get it passed, however, we need to help them help us by getting as many other Senators to “co-sponsor” S. 3391 as possible.
Please, don’t wait until November. Act now to email or call your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor S. 3391, the Museum and Library Services Act, as soon as they get back to Washington.
The more cosponsors we can get, the better the odds that the key Senate “HELP” Committee will act on the bill when the Senate returns so that the full Senate will have the chance to approve it before the 114th Congress comes to a close in December.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Published May 24, 2016
advocacy , Federal
Tags: advocacy, Budget, FY 2017, IAL, IMLS, Innovative Approaches to Literacy, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA, Training
Although the President’s FY 2017 budget proposal includes level funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), libraries are still being cut. Funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is cut by over half a million dollars. Keeping LSTA funding at $186.6 million would allow libraries to continue critical programs. The proposed budget does include level funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) at $27 million.
The Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee will be working on the IMLS budget mark up as early as next week. Senator Mikulski is a member of this subcommittee. Please take a moment to contact the Senator and ask her to continue her long-standing support of libraries by keeping IAL funding at $27 million and restoring funding to LSTA at $186.6 million. Talk about how the LSTA cut will negatively impact library services. Check out this LSTA handout created by Maryland’s Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) to see how LSTA funds are used to transform lives statewide. For more information on how to contact Senator Mikulski, go to the American Library Association’s Engage website and click on Send an Email (provides a pre-written letter), Make a Call or Send a Tweet.
Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!
IAL and LSTA “Dear Appropriator” letters: Update
Many thanks to everyone who responded to the Advocacy Alert! and contacted members of Congress to request signatures on “Dear Appropriator” letters in support of funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The American Library Association (ALA) reported that we gathered as many signatures in Congress as we did last year. ALA has posted a “Champions” chart to show who signed onto which letters. We had some success with our Maryland members of Congress:
- IAL: Senator Cardin and Representatives Cummings, Delaney and Sarbanes
- LSTA: Senator Cardin and Representative Van Hollen
- Note: As Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski often does not sign onto letters, but still appreciates being contacted.
If you have not yet already done so, please contact these members of Congress to thank them for their support of IAL and LSTA! Engage is an easy tool to use to make this contact.
IMLS, IAL and LSTA funding still at risk
Despite this success, for the second year in a row the House Budget Committee released a resolution that suggests that all federal library funding, including money for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), be eliminated in order to achieve the House majority’s goals for cutting the budget. Although the resolution is a non-binding document, it is a concern because it conveys the majority’s philosophy. This also means that IAL and LSTA funding is still at risk.
For more information, please see the District Dispatch blog post.
Please stay tuned for more calls to action in support of IMLS, IAL and LSTA funding.
Published October 4, 2013
Tags: Appropriations, Government Printing Office, Government Shutdown, GPO, IMLS, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library of Congress, Library Services and Technology Act, LOC, LSTA
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. Gpo.gov 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.
On September 13, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is holding a Congressional briefing on how libraries support workforce development. Please contact your U.S. Representative asking their office to send a staffer to this briefing.
Go to Capwiz and click on the Take Action button below “Ask Your U.S. Rep to Attend Workforce Development Briefing.” A letter with information about the briefing is provided.
For those of you wishing to call or send an email separately, here is the basic information:
Continue reading ‘Action Alert! Ask Your U.S. Rep to Attend IMLS Briefing’
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.
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.