The White House released its FY2021 budget proposal, which again includes elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and all funds from Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
Remember that in the prior three years the administration proposed cuts, Congress was able to appropriate funding--including increased funding last year--for libraries. Our collective relationships and communications with members of our Indiana Congressional delegation helps to ensure federal funding for libraries.
Each year, LSTA grants provide approximately $3 million to statewide, Indiana-specific projects and sub-grants in every congressional district. LSTA funds promote innovation, lifelong learning, research and access to information for Hoosiers. Indiana is required to provide a 1/3 match for LSTA funding, which means that
a cut in federal support would likely result in a cut to critical programs such as resource sharing, access for people with disabilities, early childhood literacy and technology.