[Libs-Or] Advocate to Reauthorize IMLS

Elaine Hirsch elaineghirsch at lclark.edu
Thu Oct 4 09:25:03 PDT 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I am forwarding this item from ALA in support of Senate and House bills for
the Museum and Library Services Act, which reauthorizes IMLS .  Please
email your senators and representative in support of the bills.

*We need you to take action today!*

On the heels of our amazing funding news last week (1), the Museum and
Library Services Act - legislation to reauthorize the federal Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS) - was introduced in both the Senate
(S.3530) and House (H.R.6988) last Friday with strong leadership and
bipartisan support.

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo praised the new legislation: "ALA
appreciates the many ways these two bills build on the successes of
previous reauthorizations of the IMLS. We applaud all of the hard work to
ensure S. 3530 and H.R. 6988 equitably distribute Library Services and
Technology Act funds to large and small states, expands eligibility for
tribal libraries, supports disaster readiness, and reinforces ALA's message
that strong communities need strong libraries."

With few working days available to Congress to consider legislation, only
bills with bipartisan support are likely to pass. ALA's goal now is to have
Congress take up S.3530 and H.R.6988 as soon as possible.

To make sure these two bills keep moving, please complete these two actions

Email your Senators to urge them to cosponsor S. 3530:

Email your Representatives to urge them to cosponsor H.R. 6988:

If both bills are passed, it will deliver a strong message from Congress
that funding for federal library programs is a priority for them. Please
email your Senators and email your Representative today and urge them to
cosponsor the Museum and Library Services Act.

For more information, contact:

ALA Washington Office

1615 New Hampshire Ave NW, 1st Floor

Washington, D.C. 20009-2520

Phone: (202) 628-8410

Thank you,

Elaine Hirsch

*Oregon Library Association Vice President 2018-2019*

*olavp at olaweb.org <olavp at olaweb.org>*
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