Legislative Update -- July 9, 2020

July 9, 2020

Census 2020 

As of July 7, ILA is #7 in the nation in terms of self-response rate! We are at 66.7%, compared to 61.9% nationally. Keep up the good work! The U.S. Census Bureau offers numerous resources to help promote response, and ALA has provided an updated guide titled "Adapting Outreach in Response to COVID-19." As of late June, Naperville was #1 in the nation for self response in cities with more than 140,000 population!

COVID-10 Library Advocacy Alert
ALA is spearheading an advocacy campaign to encourage support for bicameral legislation sponsored by Representative Andy Levin (D-RI) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) calling for $2 billion in emergency recovery funding for America's libraries through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Library Stabilization Fund would provide:

  • $1.7 billion to be distributed to states on a per capita basis, with a minimum of $10 million per state
  • $45 million in grants to Tribal libraries
  • $200 million in competitive grants
  • $40 million for IMLS to administer grants and conduct research and data collection related to the impacts of COVID-19

Take action here!

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