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The Funding Battle Is Not Over
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: FINANCE
Author: Christou, Corilee
Date: Jul/Aug 2017
Pages: 3
Section: FEATURE
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According to the American Library Association (ALA), there are approximately 119,487 libraries of various types in the U.S. today, including public, academic, school, special, armed forces, and government libraries. Libraries, particularly public and school libraries, are currently in crisis, facing extreme budgetary challenges as the current administration hopes to eliminate key federal funding support programs, most notably the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. The following are descriptions of these critical programs and their funding resources: * "[T]he mission [of IMLS is] to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, learning and civic engagement by providing leadership through research, policy development and grant-making. The goals focus on achieving positive public outcomes for communities and individuals; supporting the unique role of museums and libraries in preserving and providing access to collections and content; and promoting library, museum, and information service policies that ensure access to information for all Americans." (imls.gov/about-us/ strategic-plan) * "The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the only federal program exclusively for libraries. In many states, the state library network provides enriched content databases for information access to all in the state." (ala.org/advocacy/advleg/ federallegislation/lsta) * "The IAL program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in high-need local educational agencies (high-need LEAs, as defined in the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA)) and schools. Kevin Maher, the OGR's assistant director, posted...
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