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Weekly News Digest

April 2, 2024 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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ALA Offers Input on the State of Federal Budget Funding for Libraries

On March 29, ALA issued a statement on the FY2024 federal budget, noting that two library programs received level funding—the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from IMLS and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program from the Department of Education—and two received modest increases over FY2023 levels: the Library of Congress and National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. However, the FY2024 budget process stalled in October 2023; all funding is currently maintained at FY2023 levels.

“The White House FY 2025 budget proposal is a different story,” says Emily Drabinski, ALA’s president. “ALA is alarmed by cuts to IMLS funding. As we turn towards the FY 2025 budget process, we know we’re in for tough road ahead—everyone is. It’s up to us to make sure funding for America’s libraries is secure. The best way to do that is to tell our stories and show how resources are being used to meet needs in our communities.”

“The national #FundLibraries advocacy campaign for FY 2025 will launch as soon as the House and Senate Appropriations Committees announce their internal appropriations deadlines (expected in the coming weeks),” ALA shares.

For more information, read the press release.

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