Legislative Update -- July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021

Increases in Federal Funding for Libraries
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee last week approved increases in funding for IMLS/LSTA and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program; thanks to our representatives and all the advocates who called and emailed them to urge their support.

From ALA's press release: "The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, saw an increase of $9 million, raising a total of $206.5 million for the nation’s primary source of federal funding for libraries. The increase for LSTA, if it holds in the final bill, would be the eighth-consecutive increase for libraries. Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), a program designed to support effective school library literacy initiatives, saw a $3 million increase, making for a total $31 million for the Department of Education program." 

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