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Weekly News Digest

March 14, 2019 — 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. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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FEDERAL BUDGET: 'ALA #FundLibraries Campaign Kicks Off for FY2020'

Kathi Kromer writes for American Libraries, “On March 11 the White House released its FY2020 federal budget proposal, and for the third year in a row, the president has recommended eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provides the main source of federal support for US libraries and museums. … The president’s proposal slashes IMLS yet again despite his December signature on the bill that reauthorizes IMLS.”

ALA is asking people to contact their congressional representatives and request that they support federal funding for libraries. They can use this form, and the deadline is March 28.

Kromer writes, “ALA’s goal is for every member and staffer to take part in our strategy to restore federal funding for libraries in FY2020. The Public Policy and Advocacy team in Washington started reaching out to every member of the 116th Congress in January. In February we delivered library challenge coins to each member of Congress and held a library card sign-up day on Capitol Hill. In preparation for the budget release, we hosted an advocacy fly-in day for ALA members in targeted congressional districts. Now, we need your voice as the congressional appropriations cycle starts.”

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