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May 9, 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 Urges Senators to Support Library Funding and Partners With the League of Women Voters

A spokesperson from ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office shares the following:

In April, ALA launched the annual #FundLibraries campaign to have an early impact on the yearlong process of decision making about federal funding for libraries. Through May 10, advocates nationwide are asking U.S. Senators to sign letters of support for library funding in the fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget. ALA is asking Congress for additional funding for two vital federal programs, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). These programs are the only sources of dedicated federal funding for the 123,000 public, school, academic, government and special libraries across the nation. Find out if your Senators have signed onto both letters on ALA’s #FundLibraries web page. ALA is encouraging advocates to post about #FundLibraries on social media, tagging elected leaders and inspiring another library supporter to take action. Ask your Senators to sign the two Dear Appropriator letters on the #FundLibraries action page! 

In addition, ALA announced a partnership with the League of Women Voters as part of its Reader. Voter. Ready. Campaign, which offers voter engagement resources to libraries.

“Local libraries and state and local Leagues have long worked together to cohost voter registration, educational programs, and candidate forums. Many libraries promote the League’s online voter information tool, The collaboration between the national organizations will expand those connections and generate new resources, including a forthcoming toolkit to support collaboration at the local level,” ALA states.

The organizations are co-hosting an openly available webinar on May 29. League of Women Voters and America’s Libraries: Partners to Count On will feature “League members and librarians who already collaborate on a variety of programs and activities,” and participants will “learn how you can team up in your community. We will also share new resources and opportunities for greater collaborative impact in 2024 and beyond.”

For more information, read the press release.

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