Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Opposes Cuts to IMLS in 2018 Budget

Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Opposes Cuts to IMLS in 2018 Budget

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In response to President Trump's FY2018 budget proposal, which eliminates funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), American Library Association (ALA) President Julie B. Todaro issued two statements on March 16. In the first statement, calling the proposal "counterproductive and shortsighted," she cited the range of services that libraries provide. "They're trusted centers for technology, job counseling, retraining, veterans services, entrepreneurship, education, teaching and learning, and free inquiry at the core of communities in every state in the country-and in every congressional district," Todaro said.

Todaro vowed to mobilize ALA members, congressional library champions, and the people libraries serve to pressure Congress to keep cuts to IMLS out of the final budget. She explained that IMLS programs provide financial support to states, and states are required to provide matching funds. These grants are used by libraries to subsidize many of their services.

"The range of services provided to millions of Americans through the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grants is matched only by the creativity of the libraries that receive them: veterans transitioning to civilian life, small businesses seeking to expand their business online, summer reading programs, resources for blind and hearing-impaired patrons, resume writing and job skills workshops, and computer coding courses to teach youth 21st-century job skills," Todaro said. …

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