#SaveIMLS

As you should have heard by now—come on, even Cosmo is reporting on it—the current President’s proposed budget cuts include eliminating all funding for the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS). I don’t need to tell you what this means. I don’t need to tell you that libraries aren’t dead. I don’t need to tell you to call your representative, or post on social media in resistance. YALSA is already doing that, along with ALSC and ALA. I am so proud to be a member of each of them.

Instead, I need to tell you about what I have learned because of these calls to action. I need to write out for myself what I thought I already knew but really didn’t comprehend: the IMLS matters. It matters so much.

Use this search box to find out what projects have been funded through IMLS in your state. If your library, like mine, doesn’t appear to have used IMLS funds, then dig a little deeper. Look at the state library’s distribution to other libraries. Our library used a $37,100.00 sub-grant back in 2011 for our Storytime-To-Go program, which is now thriving.

Or, maybe your library really hasn’t used IMLS funds. But look at these libraries that have. Think about those dream projects you might be able to complete if the IMLS stays. #SaveIMLS. Really. We need it.

 

 

 

 

 

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