[Libs-Or] INFORMATION Fwd: [District Dispatch] Funding for school libraries included in LHHS subcommittee's appropriations bill

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 15:00:02 PDT 2011


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From: Jenni Terry <jterry at alawash.org>
Date: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM
Subject: [District Dispatch] Funding for school libraries included in LHHS
subcommittee's appropriations bill
To: Diedre Conkling <diedre08 at gmail.com>

   The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS)
Appropriations Subcommittee marked up (voted on) its FY 2012 bill Tuesday
afternoon on at 10-8 party-line vote.  This funding bill, which is scheduled
to be marked up in the full Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday
afternoon, contains federal support for school libraries.

The report language of this bill sets aside $30 million for national
non-profit organizations or school libraries in high-need areas.
Furthermore, at least 50 percent of this $30 million must be used for school

This restoration of funding for school libraries comes as a huge victory
since the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program was
zero-funded in FY 2011; however, the fight is still not over. School
libraries fared better than many other programs, but the next stage of the
legislative process will prove critical in securing this funding for FY2012.
Please continue to put pressure on your senators and representatives to
support school libraries.

More information will be made available after Wednesday’s mark-up.

*On the LSTA front…*

This bill also level funds (or funds at last year’s level) the Library
Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at $189 million – another victory for
libraries during this time when many in Congress are looking to make budget

Jeff Kratz <//jkratz at alawash.org>
Assistant Director, OGR

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