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New report chronicles library community’s front line battles against fake news, censorship, bigotry

CHICAGO –  Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its State of America’s Libraries Report, an annual report released during National Library Week, April 9 – 15, that captures usage trends within all types of libraries. The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities through access to services that empower users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic and political society.  

Trump Administration’s budget using wrong math when it comes to libraries

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement:
 
“The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries. 
 
“To those who say that the nation cannot afford federal library funding, the American Library Association, American businesses and millions of Americans say emphatically we cannot afford to be without it.  
 

How to win library funding through political advocacy

CHICAGO — As the saying goes, all politics is local. And 90% of funding for public libraries comes from the will of local politicians and, in turn, from local voters. So it’s urgent that librarians, library supporters, and anyone interested in running an election or campaign for a library understand the strategies, resources, and tactics necessary for positive political action. Whether election day is four months away or four years away, there are immediate steps library leaders and local library ballot committees should take to help secure a successful ballot initiative later.

ALA lauds major businesses united to fight for federal library funding

(Washington, DC) – The American Library Association hailed today’s unveiling of the Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI), a group of more than two dozen leading information, software, publishing and other businesses as well as multiple national trade associations newly united to advocate for federal library funding. 
 

United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  On May 1, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Reed presented Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.)  with United for Libraries’ Public Service Award for his support of libraries during a special reception in the Hart Senate office building.

Sen. Reed authored key sections of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and seeks to fix the No Child Left Behind education law that was signed into law nearly 14 years ago.

ALA applauds FY2017 budget increase for IMLS, calls on library supporters to defend federal library funding in FY2018 budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday congressional negotiators reached agreement on a bill to fund the U.S. government through September. The “omnibus” bill included $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services – a $1 million increase over FY2016. American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement:

More than 500 library supporters gather to fight for libraries in Washington, D.C. on 2017 National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, more than five hundred library advocates from every state in the nation and the District of Columbia will gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day. Over a thousand supporters also registered to participate simultaneously through Virtual Library Legislative Day, where advocates connect with legislators via phone calls, emails and social media platforms.

ALA, ACRL oppose FCC plans to roll back net neutrality

CHICAGO - ALA President Julie Todaro made the following statement in response to Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Pai’s plan to roll back net neutrality: 

Take action for libraries during Virtual Library Legislative Day

For National Library Legislative Day, May 1-2, 2017, hundreds of library supporters will convene in Washington D.C., where they meet with their members of Congress to rally support for library issues and policies.

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