RESOLUTION ON SUPPORT FOR LIBRARY FELLOWS & FULBRIGHT PROGRAMS

Whereas, Very significant cutbacks have been proposed in the new Congress for educational and cultural exchanges and foreign assistance; and

Whereas, Cuts in the Fulbright and related educational and cultural exchange programs seriously jeopardize the ability of the United States to meet the growing demand of a complicated global environment; and

Whereas, Exchanges help build the human capacity, including area expertise to promote trade and economic development, develop future export markets, and respond effectively to humanitarian needs that threaten regional stability; and

Whereas, Exchanges promote important American foreign policy objectives such as democratization, support for free market economies, trade promotion, and conflict resolution; and

Whereas, Exchanges strengthen the U.S. economy by creating the human capital the U.S. needs to compete in today's global economy; and

Whereas, The Library Fellows and Fulbright Scholars Programs are extraordinarily cost-effective due to the high level of commitment and contribution from private citizens and private nonprofit organizations, like the American Library Association, which administers nearly all official exchange programs in cooperation with federal agencies; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the American Library Association urges the U.S. Congress to continue funding the Library Fellows, Fulbright and similar international exchange programs.

ADOPTED BY THE
COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
February 8, 1995

Elizabeth Martinez
Secretary to the ALA Council


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