Posts tagged: LSTA

State Librarian’s report to the NH House Finance Committee

Please click on the link below to access a pdf version of Michael York’s report to the NH House Finance Committee, submitted on 11/30/11.  This report was created in response to a NH legislative request to examine the possibility of reallocating federal funding away from the ILL van service to other unspecified areas.

State Librarian report to NH House 11 30 2011

Legislative Success! Good Work, Everybody!

An update on LSTA funding from the ALA Washington Office blog District Dispatch…

“Good work, everybody! Because of ALA’s unprecedented grassroots efforts this week on amendment #35 to H.R. 1 (the Continuing Resolution to the FY2011 budget) was defeated! This victory for libraries is undoubtedly due to the strong grassroots efforts of librarians and library supporters all across the country.

As you recall, late Monday evening U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5) introduced an amendment that would eliminate all funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) including funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the primary source of federal dollars to libraries.

Today, as the U.S. House of Representatives wraps up floor debate on HR 1, Rep. Garrett has made it clear to us that he is no longer “pushing” for a vote on his amendment. Once the House passes H.R. 1, – likely today or tomorrow – t e budget will be sent over to the Senate where they will have the opportunity to make amendments and vote on this year’s budget bill.”

Read more of the post here…

URGENT: LSTA funding at risk due to new amendment

Some of you may have heard that the President’s proposed federal budget calls for about a 10% cut in Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funding, including Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding. This is the major source of federal funding for libraries and is a huge part of the NH State Library’s budget, which along with many other things, pays for our electronic databases.

But what you may not have heard is that an amendment in the House to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (Amendment #35, submitted by U.S. Rep. Scott Garret (R-NJ)) seeks to completely eliminate all LSTA funding. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing.

What can you do about this? ALA recommends contacting your Representatives in Congress and urging them to oppose Amendment #35 to the Continuing Resolution, and remind them of the following:

  • Libraries are essential to every community, and federal funding is critical for ensuring library resources and services remain available to their constituents.
  • LSTA supports all kinds of libraries including school, academic, and public libraries.
  • Public libraries are the primary source of no-fee access to the Internet and are active in assisting the public with online job searches, e-government services, and lifelong learning.

More information is available on the ALA Washington Office blog, District Dispatch, http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=5661.

Feel free to contact me as well with questions, and I’ll try my best to answer them.

- Steve Butzel, ALA Councilor