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Advocacy Alert! Ask your Rep to Fund Libraries, IMLS, LSTA & IAL

3/21/2019 Update:

Many thanks for all of your emails and phone calls to our Representatives! As of this morning, several Representatives have signed on to the Dear Appropriator Letters:

  • Signed LSTA and IAL Letters: Brown, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes
  • Signed LSTA Letter: Raskin

Feel free to send a thank you to those who have signed on.

Cummings, Harris, Hoyer and Trone have not yet signed on to either Letter and Raskin has not yet signed the IAL Letter. Please continue to email or call to ask for their signatures. It is important that they hear from us before the March 28th deadline. Check the Fund Libraries air table for the most up-to-date list of who has signed.

Thank you!

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The White House released the budget proposal for FY20. Once again, it proposes the elimination of funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Dear Appropriator letters are now available for Representatives to sign. (Letters for Senators will be coming soon.)

Please contact your Representative. We would like to have all of MD’s Representatives sign on to the Dear Appropriator letters to show their support for IMLS, LSTA and IAL. We have had great success in the past with Dear Appropriator letters and would like to continue that track record. Most MD Representatives also voted for the Museum & Library Services Act (MLSA), which reauthorized IMLS and LSTA. Here is a summary of past support:

  • Signed FY19 LSTA Letter: Brown, Cummings, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes
  • Signed FY19 IAL Letter: Raskin, Sarbanes
  • Included IMLS, LSTA & IAL on his list of funding priorities: Ruppersberger
  • Voted for MLSA: Brown, Cummings, Hoyer, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes

A few additional notes:

  • Representative Ruppersberger: Although he typically does not sign onto letters, as a member of the Appropriations Committee he has included IMLS, LSTA and IAL on his list of funding priorities so it is critical for him to hear from us.
  • Representative Harris: Although he has not typically shown support, he also serves on the Appropriations Committee so it is important for him to be contacted.
  • Representative Hoyer: As the Majority Whip, he will also likely not sign on, but it is still important for him to be contacted.
  • Representative Trone: This is his first year in office, so this is the first time he is being asked to sign onto letters.

For more information or to email your Representative, go to Engage.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy!

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Advocacy Update! MLSA has passed! Congress renewed commitment to America’s libraries

Congress passed S 3530, the Museum & Library Services Act (MLSA), to reauthorize the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)!

Many thanks for all of your advocacy! Please take a moment to thank your members of Congress for their support using Engage or sending the Tweet below. In particular, thank Senators Cardin and Van Hollen for their co-sponsorship of the bill. Representatives Brown, Cummings, Hoyer, Raskin, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes all voted for the bill. Representative Harris voted against. Representative Delaney did not vote.

If you’d rather send a Tweet, here’s the message:
Huge thanks to @SenJackReed and everyone who made the passage of the Museum and Library Services Act possible. We are grateful for Congress’ renewed commitment to supporting our nation’s libraries!

From the American Library Association Washington Office:

“ALA advocates, we applaud your steadfast work to move MLSA forward and to send a strong message to Congress that libraries and the vital services they provide have longstanding value in every community across the country. Thank you for everything you do!”

Thank you!

Advocacy Alert! Email Senators & Rep to cosponsor Museum & Library Services Act

Building on the recent success with funding for libraries, we would now like to secure reauthorization of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). To accomplish this, the Museum and Library Services Act has been introduced in the Senate (S 3530) and House (HR 6988) with bi-partisan support. IMLS administers library funding through the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). Reauthorization of IMLS will not guarantee funding in the future, but it demonstrates a strong commitment to IMLS and to continued funding for libraries.

Please email your Senators and Representative using the Engage links below and ask them to cosponsor the reauthorization bill. A pre-written message is provided and you can personalize it to maximize impact. Additional background information is also provided at those links.

Email your Senators asking them to cosponsor S 3530.

Email your Representative asking him to cosponsor HR 6988.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

President signs bill with FY19 funding for libraries

Yesterday, the President signed a spending bill (HR 6157) that included FY19 funding for many library programs, including:

  • $242 million for Institute of Museum & Library Services, a $2 million increase
  • $189.3 million for Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA), level-funding
  • $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), level-funding

While the bill included FY19 funding for library and other programs under Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, as well as those under Defense, it included only a continuing resolution to fund the rest of the federal government through December 7th. The continuing resolution provided funding at FY18 levels and avoided a government shutdown.

All of the Maryland members of Congress voted for the budget bill, except Congressman Harris.

For more information about the library programs that were funded, please see the American Libraries article.

Thank you for all of your advocacy efforts to #FundLibraries!

 

Senate approves FY19 library funds in appropriations bill

The full Senate passed a FY19 Labor, Health, Human Services & Education (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill on Thursday with an 85-7 vote. It includes level funding plus a slight increase for IMLS.

  • $242 million for Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), a $2 million increase
  • $189.3 million for Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)

The House approved their Labor-HHS bill in July. Congress now must approve 12 spending bills before the start of FY19 on October 1, or pass a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open. The full House is expected to delay voting on the spending bills until after the November election and pass a continuing resolution instead.

Many thanks to all of your earlier advocacy efforts! Senators Cardin and Van Hollen both voted in support of the bill. Please take a moment to thank them for their support either by calling their offices or sending a message through Engage.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch article.

 

Advocacy Alert! Federal Library Funding Cut in FY 2019 Proposal

The FY19 federal budget proposal includes no funding for libraries. The American Library Association Washington Office (ALA-WO) is planning multiple advocacy approaches. See below for more information and the first step that you can take to advocate for funding. A status update on the FY18 budget is also provided.

What Happened

This week, the White House released its budget proposal for FY2019. As we anticipated, the budget proposed a significant cut to federal library funding. The administration’s budget proposal eliminates the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provides approximately $183 million in direct funding to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The budget proposal also eliminates the $27 million Innovative Approaches to Literacy program administered by the Department of Education.

Why It Matters

These proposed cuts would impact many libraries across the country. While public and school libraries would see the largest effects, academic libraries with state-funded databases are also implicated. Since each state is required to match one-third of their federal LSTA grants, any cut to LSTA in the FY2019 budget is likely to lead to a cut on the state level. In addition, the cuts to IAL specifically target school library funding, which will make it harder for vulnerable schools to acquire the books, resources, and training needed to provide high-quality literacy programs for their students.

Wait, What Happened to the FY 2018 Budget?

Last week, Congress passed and the president signed an FY2018 budget deal that will likely include at least level funding for federal library programs at FY 2017 levels. While this budget agreement is a positive step towards resolving the FY 2018 budget, Congress will still be working on the final spending bill for a few more weeks. The ALA Washington Office will continue to monitor progress on the bill.

What You Can Do Now

Congress will have the final say on budget allocations for these programs in the FY2019 budget. Now is the time to let them know how important federal library funding is to their constituents. Use the ALA Action Center to send your Representatives an email  and ask for their public support of library funding throughout the FY2019 appropriations cycle.

This will be a many-step process and we will need your help at key times along the way. Stay tuned for updates.

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

Advocacy Alert! Support IMLS, ask Senators to co-sponsor MLSA 2017

It’s not too late to support the Institute of Museum  & Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)! The American Library Association’s Washington Office would like for people to call our Senators and ask them to co-sponsor the Museum & Library Services Act (MLSA) of 2017 (S 2271) to reauthorize funding for IMLS and LSTA. This bill, if passed, would send a strong message of IMLS support to the Appropriations Committee.

Visit the engagement on the Engage site for more background information. Then call or email our Senators and tell your story about the importance of IMLS and LSTA funds for your library.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy!

 


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