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Tell Senators Gregg and Shaheen to include librarians in the Jobs Bill

URGENT MESSAGE TO LIBRARY ADVOCATES
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 February 1, 2010
 
  
ALA has reports from Congressional offices that they hear from
teachers, police and firefighters every day and almost nothing from the
library community.  Libraries are as essential as schools and public
safety and help the economy by helping people find jobs.  Yet library
jobs are being cut – and, now, not included in this jobs bill.  It is
vitally important that librarians be as vocal as these other public
employees. The reason they are getting funding in this piece of
legislation is because they are calling their congressional offices
more often and in higher numbers than we are.
 
Your grassroots efforts are critically important.  The omission of
librarians in the jobs bill is in addition to the troubling news this
week that President Obama’s budget proposal freezes the Library
Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and consolidates the school library
program with literacy programs in the Department of Education.  These
cuts will lead to a loss of jobs and a loss of services that our
communities cannot afford to be without.
 
Please call both of your U.S. Senators to ask each of them to request
that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Richard Durbin
(D-IL), and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND),  include the hiring and
retaining of librarians in the $18 billion as well. Call the U.S.
Capital switchboard ASAP at 202.224.3121.  For email addresses and
other contact information go to:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
 
This bill could come up at any moment and it is critically important
that you contact your Senators’ offices immediately and tell them to
push the above Senate leaders to include librarians in the jobs bill. 
Don’t just call once – keep calling until we succeed.  Make sure to
tell your senators what your library is doing to help people find
jobs.
 
We cannot let this legislation pass without the inclusion of library
employees.  We have no chance of getting into this legislation without
your calls and emails – and the support of all senators!!
 
Call the U.S. Capital switchboard ASAP at 202.224.3121.  For email
addresses and other contact information go to:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
 
Please act now!

One Response to “Tell Senators Gregg and Shaheen to include librarians in the Jobs Bill”

  1. Meganne Fabrega says:

    I just called the switchboard and the woman I spoke with said that she had not heard from any librarians until today. It only takes a few minutes of time to make the call. Many thanks to Judy for this important information!

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