Advocacy Alert: Federal Library Funding
This week, the White House released its budget proposal for FY2019, which proposes the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provides approximately $183 million in direct funding to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The budget proposal also eliminates the $27 million Innovative Approaches to Literacy program administered by the Department of Education.
What You Can Do Now
Congress will have the final say on the budget. Now is the time to let them know how important federal library funding is. Use the ALA Action Center to send your Representatives a ready-to-use email that asks for their public support of library funding throughout the FY2019 appropriations cycle. Then encourage your friends, family, colleagues and library supporters to do so as well.
Need More Information?
This email is just a first step. Building the FY19 budget will be a many-step process and ALA will need your help at key times along the way. Stay tuned for updates.