Thousands of librarians, library supporters, users, vendors and citizens in every Congressional district in the country used the ALA Legislative Action Center and many other channels to insist that their Representative in the House sign two “Dear Appropriator” letters to the Appropriations Committee asking them to preserve funding this year for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. One-third of the entire House of Representatives (from both parties) signed each of those Dear Appropriator letters and nearly 170 Members signed at least one — an 18% increase in support for IAL and a record-shattering 64% increase for LSTA. We still need your help:
- Register for action alerts and timely District Dispatch blog posts with handy background information as soon as they are issued.
- Watch Federal Budget and Appropriations Process: What it Means for Your Library hosted by the ALA Washington Office on Thursday, April 13 at 2:30 pm eastern.
- Sign up to join the Thunderclap to help us boost the #SaveIMLS signal on May 1.
Stay tuned on May 1 and 2 during National Library Legislative Day. Plan to watch the live advocacy webcast on Virtual Library Legislative Day on May 1 and then contact your members of Congress by phone and electronically on May 2 while hundreds of your colleagues will be on Capitol Hill delivering our message in person.