At least $210 million in federal library funding is at risk and we need your help to save it and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). President Trump effectively proposed eliminating all federal library funding and closing the IMLS, which administers $183 million of those funds through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). He also eliminated $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), administered by the Department of Education.
Now as the appropriations process gets underway, his fellow budget-cutters in Congress are considering whether to follow his lead. The library community is mobilizing to fight these drastic, unwarranted cuts and we need you!
Our first step is to get as many members of Congress as possible to sign on to the so-called "Dear Appropriator" letters which ask for support for IAL and LSTA funding. The more Representatives that sign on to these letters to the powerful Appropriations committee, the more likely the committee will make LSTA and IAL a priority. These letters must be submitted by April 3.
Members of the House need to hear from their constituents before the April 3rd deadline.
Please call your Representatives and ask them to sign both the LSTA and IAL "Dear Appropriator" letters that have been circulated by Rep. Raul Grijalva (LSTA); and Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Don Young, and Jim McGovern (IAL).
Share your stories of the positive impact the these critical funds have in your library and community. Visit the ALA Legislative Action Center to find who represents you, additional background information and more.
Whether you call, email, tweet or all of the above (which would be great), the message to the friendly office staff of your Representative is simple:
“Hello, I’m a constituent. Please ask Representative ________ to sign both the FY 2018 LSTA and IAL ‘Dear Appropriator’ letters circulating for signature before April 3.”
This is just the beginning of the long appropriations process. Your support and action at each step along the way will be essential to protecting these critical library programs. Thank you!