Take Action to #SaveIMLS!
ALSC members, we need your help to #SaveIMLS!
As you may have seen, the White House budget that was released on Thursday, March 16, calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to our nation's hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums.
ALA and ALSC seek your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without strong, well-supported libraries, our children and families will not have the resources and support they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers, and life.
ALSC leadership and the Advocacy and Legislation Committee are working on this issue with ALA and will be preparing additional information for ALSC members, but here is what you can do right now:
1. Start calling and emailing!
Go to http://cqrcengage.com/ala/home to begin making calls or to email to #SaveIMLS.
2. Call or email your Members of Congress.
Ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding. You can find talking points and an email template on the Action Center and at the menu links below:
3. Share your library's IMLS story on social media using #SaveIMLS.
Tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community. If you aren't sure which IMLS grants your library has received, you can check the searchable database on the IMLS website.
4. Sign up to receive ALA's action alerts.
We will let you know when and how to take action and send you the talking points and background information.
5. Register to participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2, either in Washington, DC, or online.
6. Share this information widely!
Don't underestimate the power of collective voice. Share this information widely with colleagues, friends, and other advocates so they can help, too.
More information, along with talking points and scripts, will be forthcoming from the ALA Washington Office, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around "Dear Appropriator" letters.