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Library Advocates

Posts tagged library funding

Dec 12
A lull in the E-rate action? Not for the ALA

ALA, for instance, recently met with the Wireline Bureau E-rate team, Commissioner Rosenworcel and her Wireline legal advisor, Christi Barnhardt, and  Nick Degani, Wireline legal advisor to Commissioner Pai. During these meetings, we further described the two-prong approach we advocate for ensuring libraries have the high-capacity broadband they need. First, we seek an immediate infusion of funding to the E-rate program for build-out in areas where high-capacity broadband is not available to libraries and schools. This temporary program, “ConnectUS,” builds on the President’s ConnectED initiative. Second, ALA proposes a pilot program, “FINAL,” targeted to libraries where capacity is available but where costs inhibit them from taking advantage of higher speeds.

More at District Dispatch.

A lull in the E-rate action? Not for the ALA

ALA, for instance, recently met with the Wireline Bureau E-rate team, Commissioner Rosenworcel and her Wireline legal advisor, Christi Barnhardt, and  Nick Degani, Wireline legal advisor to Commissioner Pai. During these meetings, we further described the two-prong approach we advocate for ensuring libraries have the high-capacity broadband they need. First, we seek an immediate infusion of funding to the E-rate program for build-out in areas where high-capacity broadband is not available to libraries and schools. This temporary program, “ConnectUS,” builds on the President’s ConnectED initiative. Second, ALA proposes a pilot program, “FINAL,” targeted to libraries where capacity is available but where costs inhibit them from taking advantage of higher speeds.

More at District Dispatch.


Jul 11

Jul 6
Here’s part of why we argue for increased library funding on Capitol Hill every congressional session. Want to join the effort? Contact your local government and federal representatives or stay in touch with mobile alerts. If you’re unsure how to petition your popularly elected representative, we have resources for that too.
Make a difference for your library today.

Here’s part of why we argue for increased library funding on Capitol Hill every congressional session. Want to join the effort? Contact your local government and federal representatives or stay in touch with mobile alerts. If you’re unsure how to petition your popularly elected representative, we have resources for that too.

Make a difference for your library today.


Jun 26

May 24

Funding Cuts Got You Down? 10 Insider Tactics for Impacting the Funding Debate (for the Better!)

Are you dealing with funding cuts in your community? At your school? Are you frustrated with council members, legislators, administrators and others who do not understand the value you bring to the community? In this online session you’ll learn 10 insider tactics for effective influence that will increase your library’s perceived value, as well as demonstrate why you are one of the best investments around. And if 10 aren’t enough, you’ll get 10 more at the ALA annual meeting, particularly as they relate to the campaign season, which is an ideal time to capture everyone’s attention. More about the ALA annual session here: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1353, but, in the meantime, be sure to join us to start making a difference right away!

Title: ALA: Funding Cuts Got You Down? 10 Insider Tactics for Impacting the Funding Debate (for the Better!)

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Register


Feb 16

President Cuts School Libraries from Proposed 2013 Budget

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Dedicated funding for school libraries is in danger of disappearing in 2013, if President Obama’s proposed budget is approved by Congress. 


The President’s proposal, presented Monday at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA, eliminates $28.6 million that was earmarked for literacy programs under the Fund for Improvement of Education (FIE) in fiscal year 2012 and put into the budget by Congress at the end of 2011.

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) spearheaded the push to bring funds to our nation’s school libraries, with half of the funds going to library facilities and the rest to national nonprofit literacy organizations, such as Reading Is Fundamental.

"Reducing support for literacy under the Fund for Improvement of Education (FIE) takes books, valuable technological services, and critical learning programs away from at-risk children nationwide," says Molly Raphael, the American Library Association’s (ALA) president, in a statement released Tuesday. "We are disappointed the President has chosen to cut programs for this already struggling population. We hope Congress will restore support to help provide at-risk children with a 21st-century education, preparing them for college and career."

Read the full article at School Library Journal


Feb 14

President’s 2013 budget: a mixed bag for libraries

Here are the two statements from ALA President, Molly Raphael on President Obama’s 2013 budget requests:

FIE

Reducing support for literacy under the Fund for Improvement of Education (FIE) takes books, valuable technological services and critical learning programs away from at-risk children nationwide. We are disappointed the President has chosen to cut programs for this already struggling population. We hope Congress will restore support to help provide at-risk children with a 21st century education, preparing them for college and career.

LSTA

Libraries contribute in significant ways to support the economic recovery of their local communities. The President’s proposal for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) demonstrates the administration’s recognition that libraries are part of the solution for our economic recovery. LSTA helps job-seekers as well as employers and funding it is important for communities throughout the states. With a robustly funded library to serve its community, many job seekers will have the means to find and apply for jobs through Internet access at their local library, as well as access to information literacy skills training necessary for work in the 21st century.”