Reaching out to politicians about LIS issues


I’m sure many of you saw the distressing news last week: the budget resolution for 2016 released by the U.S. House Budget Committee and then passed by the House of Representatives proposes (among many things) to eliminate federal funding for the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS). While this budget is by no means set in stone (the Senate passed a similar budget and the two groups will have to work together to pass a collaborative combination), it is still quite upsetting.

ALA President Courtney Young released a statement on March 25th, expressing her shock and dismay at the U.S. House Budget Committee’s actions. After reading her statement, I honestly felt extremely distressed. For the federal government to express their lack of financial support for our cultural heritage, information, and learning institutions in this way is very upsetting. I consider myself a moderately politically active person – I vote regularly and…

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