Republicans Threaten Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

From GSLIANN: May 9-10, Washington, DC – ALA needs our voices!

As you recall, in mid-February U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5) introduced an amendment to H.R. 1 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.  This amendment was defeated  because of the overwhelming number of messages to Congress that library advocates sent to their representatives.

This is only the beginning of our fight to protect LSTA funding, as libraries will continue to be threatened in this Congress.  Now more than ever, we need your participation in ALA’s National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., on May 9-10, 2011. As a participant in this event,  you will have the opportunity to meet with your members of Congress and explain to them why cutting library funding would be short-sighted.  Studies have shown that the number one way that members of Congress are influenced is by face-to-face meetings with their constituents.  For additional information and to register for NLLD, please go to

On May 9, library advocates receive a day of briefings and have the opportunity to attend a Congressional reception on Capitol Hill where they can socialize with members of Congress and their staffs.  The next day, library advocates will meet with their senators and representatives to talk about key library issues.

We hope you can find time to attend this crucial event.  If you have any questions, please call Kristin Murphy at (800) 941-8478 .

Kristin Murphy

Government Relations Specialist

American Library Association – Washington Office

1615 New Hampshire Ave. NW, First Floor

Washington, D.C., 20009-2520

Phone Number: 202.628.8410


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