Support the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA)


The following is my monthly “Support Libraries” post….

The Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA) has moved to the U.S. House of Representatives where it must receive a vote before the end of the calendar year. ALA is asking you to call your representative and urge him or her to press House leadership for a vote on the Senate-passed version of MLSA (S. 3984) and to support the bill. When calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, simply ask to be transferred to your representative’s office. To find your House member and to learn more about MLSA, visit here .

When calling, please let their staffs know that passing S. 3984, the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), is imperative to ensuring libraries can continue providing critical resources to their constituents, particularly in this tough economy. Specifically highlighting programs or resources your library provides to the member’s constituents will make your message stronger.

MLSA will ensure that the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are secured and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is equipped to lead America’s libraries. This bill received bipartisan support from both Senate Republicans and Democrats, especially Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who is a longtime supporter of libraries in this country. Other Senate sponsors of this bill include Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Michael Enzi (R-WY), and Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Jon Tester (D-MT). To access the full text of this bill, click here.

Your calls are urgently needed today. If the House does not pass this legislation in the next two weeks, the whole reauthorization process will have to start over after the first of the year.