Defend Library Funding: A Call-to-Action for Libraries
and the People Who Love Them
The White House budget proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and cut $186.6 million in federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the only direct federal library funding.
Gale, a Cengage company, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and other publishers, has initiated an advocacy campaign highlighting the educational and economic value of libraries, in order to gain legislator support of library funding.
We invite you to join the effort.
Thank you for your advocacy efforts—your Representatives were listening! Thanks to you, both the IAL and LSTA “Dear Appropriator” letters each were signed by 1/3 of all members of the House, an especially impressive 64% increase year-over-year for the LSTA letter (and almost 20% for the much more modest IAL). However, the fight to #SaveIMLS is not over. The action will soon turn to the Senate, which will begin circulating its own LSTA and IAL Dear Appropriator letters later this month. Meantime, stay engaged by taking a look at the updated links below and visiting the ALA Washington Office’s “District Dispatch” blog for the most up-to-date information… and thanks for all you’ve already accomplished!
Library vendors, trade organizations and their vendors have a unique and critical role to play. Lending the voice of the business community to extend the efforts of libraries and library professionals will more effectively educate lawmakers about the overall negative economic impact of defunding libraries.
Here are ways you can get involved:
The following resources make it easy for individuals to find and contact legislators. Take action and share your efforts to inspire others to do the same. Calls and emails work best—paper mail, even postcards, often take a month or more to arrive. Stay engaged and informed by visiting the ALA’s District Dispatch blog.
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There are no guarantees in politics, except to say that if the library and vendor communities remain passive, federal funding could disappear. Here are some resources to help you get and stay informed.