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ALA Applauds Pres. Clinton's Budget Request for Library Services and Technology Act

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ALA Applauds Pres. Clinton's Budget Request for Library Services and Technology Act

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The Clinton Administration's FY98 budget released to Congress on February 6 contains $136.4 million for the new Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), according to a recent announcement from the American Library Association (ALA).

Elizabeth Martinez, executive director of the ALA, applauded President Clinton for making education and literacy top budget priories. She noted that Clinton referred to libraries twice in his State of the Union address and repeated his pledge to connect every school and library to the Internet by the year 2000.

Martinez said, "We especially appreciate the leadership of Secretary of Education Richard Riley in promoting the America Reads initiative and in planning for full library involvement in this new campaign to make every child a reader." She noted that the budget also includes a major increase in school technology funding. A new release highlighting the administration's support was issued by the new Institute of Museum and Library Services. …

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