Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

State Librarian Hunts Dollars in DC

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

State Librarian Hunts Dollars in DC

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Prying funds out of the Trump administration may not be easy, but California State Librarian Greg Lucas is giving it a shot. And not just for California.

Amid heavy snows and the unveiling of President Trump's first budget, Lucas went to Washington this week to urge Congress to double the funding for the nation's public libraries to $300 million, including the more than 1,100 libraries in California.

It's going to be a tough fight: The president's budget today proposed deep cuts into public libraries' existing budgets, and it would eliminate perhaps a third of the state library's budget.

Congress is closely divided and partisanship is deeply entrenched, but a sound library system is not a partisan issue, argues Lucas.

"Both parties are concerned with getting people into well-paying, sustainable jobs. And libraries help make that happen," Lucas said, noting that librarians help people with everything from writing resumes to online proficiency to tutoring to job skills to scholarships. …

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