The President’s proposed zero funding for libraries in his FY2018 budget has many stepping up and out in support of libraries for not just children, but adults and professionals as well. This news came to us from The Hill in their blog post, “Trump drops the mother of all bombs on libraries.”
The budget plan, which calls for the elimination of four independent cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — would radically reshape the nation’s cultural infrastructure.
In response to the proposal, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro responded with, “The President’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in his FY2018 budget just released, and with it effectively all federal funding for libraries of all kinds, is counterproductive and short-sighted…”
“The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funded through IMLS is the primary annual source of funding for libraries in the federal budget…The range of services provided to millions of Americans through LSTA grants is matched only by the creativity of the libraries that receive them…”
Melody K. Smith
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