Magazine article American Libraries

Bush Budget Cuts LSTA, Eliminates NCLIS

Magazine article American Libraries

Bush Budget Cuts LSTA, Eliminates NCLIS

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President Bush's budget proposal for fiscal year 2002, released April 9, would reduce Library Services and Technology Act funding under the Institute of Museum and Library Services from last year's high of $207 million to $168 million. Most of the cut comes in the National Leadership Grants program, which is reduced from $50 million to $11 million. ALA had sought an increase in LSTA funding to $350 million.

The budget abolishes funding for the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. The accompanying budget narrative states, "Other agencies can effectively perform the necessary functions for which the Commission has been responsible." Last year's NCLIS funding was $1.4 million.

ALA Washington Office Director Emily Sheketoff told American Libraries that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which contains block grants that may go to school libraries, would be on the floor when the Senate returns from its recess April 23. ALA planned to urge inclusion of an amendment offered by Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to provide resources and professional media specialists for elementary- and secondary-school library media centers (AL, Mar., p. 11).

A mixed bag for national libraries

Depending largely on what federal agency they fall under, national libraries fared well or poorly in the Bush budget.

Proposed funding for the National Library of Medicine rose from $246.4 million in 2001 to $275.7 million. "The National Institutes of Health, which NLM is part of, was treated very favorably by the administration," Communications Officer Robert Mehnert told AL. …

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