Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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Legislative Action Item: Support the Reauthorization of IMLS

From our friends at ALA, bills supporting the reauthorization of the IMLS have been introduced in the House and Senate.

Please contact your House and Senate representatives to ask for their support of this legislation (H.R. 6988; S. 3530).

As reported in American Libraries:

“The 2018 act continues to support the stated mission of IMLS to inspire libraries to ‘advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement,’ and largely mirrors theĀ previous authorization, with several improvements, including:

  • explicit allowance for grant funds to be used to help libraries prepare for and provide services after a disaster or emergency
  • additional provisions to enable more Native American tribes to participate in IMLS grant programs
  • greater use of data-driven tools to measure the impact and maximize the effectiveness of library services”

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