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ALA Call to Action - Save the IMLS!

From the ALA Office, District Dispatch - The president’s budget has made clear that his funding agenda is not ours. It’s time for library professionals and supporters to make our priorities clear to Congress.  

Timing is key to the Federal budget/appropriations process. There are several actions we can take right now:

  • Call your Members of Congress – ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding. (find their contact information)
  • Share your library’s IMLS story using the #SaveIMLS tag – tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community. If you aren’t sure which IMLS grants your library as received, you can check the searchable database available on the IMLS website.
  • Sign up to receive ALA action alerts – ALA will let you know when and how to take action, and send you talking points and background information.
  • Register to participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2, either in Washington, D.C., or online.

More information – along with talking points and scripts – will be forthcoming from the ALA Washington Office, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around “Dear Appropriator” letters.