Magazine article American Libraries

We're in It Together

Magazine article American Libraries

We're in It Together

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I'm a lover, not a fighter" the Kinks (and Michael Jackson) once sang. It summarizes my philosophy when it comes to most situations. Doing things together is also the philosophy behind funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). As Ann Dutton Ewbank reported in our Scoop blog in late March (bit .ly/statelibfunds), "States are required to match about a third of the federal LSTA funds provided through IMLS, so federal cuts will mean a cut in state funds as well."

When a so-called "skinny budget" takes away all funding for IMLS, LSTA, and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), it's time for the gloves to come off. It's time to fight for libraries. Call or write your US representative and senator about this issue. If you're a little nervous about making a call, I can assure you it's easy. I recently called my Republican representative, and a staffer answered to take my message that rural libraries in our district-the very communities the representative pledges he supports-use these funds for tech programming for kids, databases for small businesses, and internet access where broadband doesn't reach. …

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