To support our vital services, the Iowa Library Association asks the General Assembly to meet the following goals in 2015:
- Continue to rebuild the support system for Iowa libraries by returning funding for Iowa Library Services to the pre-merger, 2009, funding level for the State Library and the Library Service Areas. Include an increase of at least $86,000 to allow Iowa Library Services to purchase library materials.
- Continue to increase funding for Enrich Iowa to support the vital role of libraries in Iowa communities. In the last two legislative sessions the Governor and Legislature restored a portion of the money going to local libraries. Adding back the rest strengthens library resource sharing and statewide interlibrary loan services, which makes Iowa’s library system an efficient network accessible to all Iowans.
- Continue funding for state-wide access to a career and workforce related database for Iowans.
- Recognize and stipulate in all official documents that teacher librarians are instructional staff as defined by the Department of Education and that teacher librarians play a vital role within the educational team in each Iowa school district.
- Preserve hometown governance in Iowa’s public libraries by maintaining support for the policy-making autonomy of public library boards of trustees.
The Iowa Library Association will continue to monitor and address other legislative issues as they affect the Iowa library Community. The Iowa Library Association, founded in 1890, is the organized voice of the Iowa library community. Its members come from every county of the state and sustain Iowa’s 1500 public, academic, school, and special libraries.