ALA Washington Office prepares proposal to include libraries in jobs bill

Contact: Jenni Terry

Press Officer

ALA Washington Office


For Immediate Release

December 16, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office has prepared a
proposal to include jobs for librarians in the “Jobs for Main Street Act,” which will be taken up on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today.

The bill, which bypassed the standard procedure of introduction and passage in committee, calls for immediate action by library supporters.

“This is a perfect example of how ALA’s grassroots can make a difference for library services. We are asking everyone to call their member of Congress first and then both of their senators,” Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, said.

Background information on the ALA's proposal can viewed