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Send an Email to Re-Authorize IMLS

Send an email to support Senator Reed’s bill to re-authorize the Museum and Library Services Act. #supportimls

Send an Email to Re-Authorize IMLS

Send an email to support Senator Reed’s bill to re-authorize the Museum and Library Services Act. #supportimls

We need your help to show support for Senator Reed’s bill to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act. The 2017 act will reauthorize the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the only federal program supporting library innovation, state libraries, and museum services. It is co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). This shows that people from across the political spectrum can work together about issues that are truly important for all Americans.

Please take a few minutes and send an email asking your senators to support this bill. Then, please take a moment and thank this bold bipartisan committee for working together for the good of the American people. Just click their names below to send them a tweet of thanks today!

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)


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“The goal of this bill is to renew and build on the $231 million commitment to the federal museum and library programs administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS),” says Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). You might remember that Donald Trump attempted to shut down all federal spending on libraries by eliminating funding for IMLS earlier in 2017 and we were able to fight back and get the funding restored in Congress.

This bill highlights the role of libraries and museums as community hubs, equipped to meet ever evolving community needs. Updating the law will help museums and libraries improve their technology, enhance collaboration, and better serve the public and communities. The reauthorization of the bill will:

  • Strengthen the use of data driven tools, including research, analysis and modeling, evaluation, and dissemination, to measure the impact and maximize the effectiveness of library and museum services, build capacity, and better tailor local services to address and meet community needs.
  • Provide technical support and assistance to improve data collection; enhance consultation and public engagement in research, data collection, analysis, and dissemination activities; and ensure that disseminated materials are accessible and easy to digest and use.
  • Enhance IMLS’s collaborative efforts with an expanded number of federal agencies to fully leverage the role of libraries and museums in supporting and meeting the needs of Americans.
  • Increase the allocation for services for Native Americans through Tribal Libraries to more closely match appropriations.
  • Provide IMLS with additional tools to meet oversight and programmatic responsibilities.
  • Highlight the roles of libraries as community hubs, equipped to serve evolving and diverse community needs (including those of rural residents, individuals with disabilities, Native Americans, veterans, military families, and caregivers, among others) in such areas as literacy; education; lifelong learning; health information; workforce development; economic and business development; digital literacy, critical thinking, and financial literacy; and new and emerging technology.
  • Provide for the awarding of National Leadership grant funds on activities that serve a range of library types and geographically diverse areas; include evaluation, analysis, and dissemination components; and actively involve, have direct impact on, or provide future application in libraries.  Clarifies that grant funds can be used to help libraries prepare for and provide services after a disaster or emergency.
  • Emphasize recruiting and training of our nation’s next generation of library and information science professionals – necessary for an information economy – from a broad range of backgrounds.
  • Authorize activities to improve the recruitment, preparation, and professional development of museum professionals to preserve our heritage for future generations.
  • Highlight the educational role of museums and the many ways that they engage and strengthen their communities.
  • Encourage partnerships with other agencies, professional networks, and community-based organizations to leverage museum services in service to the nation.

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