I suspect we were all shocked by the president’s presentation of a budget that eliminated or reduced so many programs that support our libraries and our communities. Especially alarming was the disappearance of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which provides about 1/2 of the budget for RI’s Office of Library and Information Services and such grants as the leadership grants currently operating at PPL and URI. IMLS is the primary federal resource for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 33,000 museums.
RI’s federal delegation has responded with appropriate criticism, and COLA has responded with this letter of thanks to our senators and representatives.
If our collective note of thanks is not enough, what can you do? At the beginning of May, the American Library Association will be staging a National Library Legislative Day in Washington, DC, a day to visit our delegation and stand up for libraries; find out more at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld . Rose Ellen Reynolds has agreed to represent COLA there again this year. Join her.
To keep up to date with library developments in Washington, subscribe to ALA’s District Dispatch: www.districtdispatch.org.
Then come hear ALA Washington Office Director Emily Sheketoff at COLA’s annual meeting,Thursday, April 13, 5:00 – 7:00pm at the RI State House.
Hope to see you there.
–Howard Boksenbaum, Chair
RI Coalition of Library Advocates