Posts Tagged 'Innovative Approaches to Literacy'

Advocacy Alert! Save IMLS, LSTA and IAL!

As you have probably heard, President Trump’s FY18 federal budget proposal eliminates all funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This would include the elimination of all federal funding to libraries and the impact on Maryland libraries would be significant. A few statements and articles:

The American Library Association (ALA), both as a whole and its many parts, have been working to prevent the elimination of IMLS. Your advocacy is also very much needed. Here are a couple of ways that you can help now:

  1. Ask Representatives to sign onto Dear Appropriator Letters asking for full funding of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL): This is a very tangible way to show support for IMLS, who receives and distributes these funds to states. You can use Engage to call, email or tweet your Representative. The email engagement does include a pre-written letter that you can personalize to increase the impact. Representatives must sign on by April 3rd. For more information, including a link to the letters, see the District Dispatch article. In Maryland: Last year, Representatives Cummings, Delaney and Sarbanes signed onto the IAL letter, but no Representatives signed onto the LSTA letter. It would be great to have everyone sign on, especially Representatives Harris and Ruppersberger who serve on the Committee on Appropriations.
  2. Tweet with the hashtag #SAVEIMLS: Share your IMLS story about how funding supports your local community. Search the database of grants at to learn about grants awarded. See more information on how the tweets are being tracked.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy you can provide! More opportunities to advocate will be shared as they become available.

 

Advocacy Alert! Protect LSTA and IAL Funding

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!

 

Success on IAL & LSTA support, but funding still at risk

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.

 

Advocacy Alert! Support FY17 LSTA & IAL funds with Dear Appropriator letters

Your help is needed to protect federal funding for libraries, including the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Please contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to sign the Dear Appropriator letters. More talking points and how to contact your elected officials appear at the links below.
Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!

President submits FY17 budget request to Congress

In early February, President Obama sent Congress his $4.23 trillion FY17 budget request. Among other cuts, the budget request includes over $500,000 less in funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). However, Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) was submitted with level funding at $27 million. This was the first time that the President included any funding for IAL.

For more information about funding levels for other library programs, see the District Dispatch post.

Congresses passes FY16 Spending Bill

In December, Congress passed an FY16 spending bill. It included a slight increase in LSTA funds from $181 million in FY15 to $183 million in FY16, as  well as a $2 million increase to $27 million in FY16 for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. See the District Dispatch article for details.

 

 

Action Alert! Contact Congress to sign Dear Colleague Letters in support of LSTA & IAL

Please take a few moments to contact your legislators in the House and Senate and ask them to support libraries. Ask them to sign two “Dear Colleague” letters in support of FY 2015 funding. If they signed on last year, please thank them and encourage them to sign on again. For greater impact, mention any personal stories about how your library benefits from this funding.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

Deadline – They must sign on by Monday, March 24th.

Why support it? The letter asks for level funding ($180.9 million from FY 2014). This is the primary source of funding for libraries in the federal budget and is used by public libraries to provide services.

For Senators:

  • Contact Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) office.
  • Last year Senator Cardin signed on to the letter. As Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski will likely not sign on, but she should still be asked to include LSTA on her list of what she cares about in the bill.

For Representatives:

  • Contact Representative Raul Grijalva’s (D-AZ) office.
  • Last year Representative Van Hollen signed on to the letter. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Representative Harris will likely not sign on, but he should still be asked to include LSTA on his list of what he cares about in the bill.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)

Deadline – They must sign on by Wednesday, April 2nd.

Why support it? This competitive grant program provides $25 million to support school libraries and national nonprofit literacy organizations working toward childhood literacy. At least half of the funds for this program would go to low-income school libraries to help update books and materials.

For Senators:

  • Contact Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) office.
  • Last year neither Senator signed onto the letter. As Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski will likely not sign on, but she should still be asked to include IAL on her list of what she cares about in the bill.

For Representatives:

  • Contact – Democrats contact Representative Jim McGovern’s (D-MA) office. Republicans contact Representative Don Young’s (R-AK) office.
  • Last year Representatives Cummings, Delaney, Sarbanes and Van Hollen signed on to the letter. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Representative Harris will likely not sign on, but he should still be asked to include IAL on his list of what he cares about in the bill.

To identify and get contact information for your representatives, and also find additional talking points please see the Capwiz Action Alerts for the House and the Senate.

Thanks in advance for reaching out to your members of Congress!



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