Help us secure funding for key library programs
District Dispatch: 3.09.2015 by Kevin Maher
The appropriations process is in full swing and library priority programs face tremendous scrutiny from Members of Congress in search of programs to cut or put on the chopping block. This is your time to be heard and let Congress know how important continued funding is for the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).
You can make the difference. Members of Congress need to let the Appropriations Committee know of their support for continued funding. Contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to add their name to both “Dear Colleague” letters supporting LSTA and IAL currently being circulated. Many Members of Congress will only add their names if they hear from constituents. Note: these letters are due before the end of the month so you will need to call this week.
For a list of who signed the letters last year, view the FY 2015 Funding Letter Signees document (pdf).
Support Funding for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
LSTA is the only source of funding for libraries in the federal budget. The bulk of this funding is returned to states through a population-based grant program through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Libraries use these funds to, among other things, build and maintain a 21st century library that facilitates employment and entrepreneurship, community engagement, and individual empowerment.
Please contact your Senators (202-224-3121) and Representative (202-225-3121) this week and ask them to sign on to a letter supporting LSTA being organized by the members listed below. Your Members of Congress will need to contact these offices by March 20 to add their name to the letters:
• Senate LSTA letter: Senator Jack Reed
(staffer Moira Lenehan-Razzuri)
• Representative LSTA letter: Rep. Raul Grijalva
(staffer Norma Salazar)
Support Funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)
IAL is the only federal program supporting literacy for underserved school libraries IAL has become the primary source for federal funding for school library materials. Focusing on low income schools, these funds help many schools bring their school libraries up to standard.
Please contact your Senators (202-224-3121) and Representative (202-225-3121) this week and ask them to sign on to a letter supporting IAL being organized by the members listed below. Your Members of Congress will need to contact one of these offices before March 20 to add their name to the letters:
• Senate IAL letter: Senators Jack Reed
(staffer: Moira Lenehan-Razzuri)
(staffer: James Rice)
• House IAL letter: Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson
(staffer: Don Andres)