Contact your Representative and Senators about proposed library funding cuts
Please read the Institute of Museum and Library Services Issues Statement on the President’s Proposed FY 18 Budget and consider contacting your U.S. Representative and Senators to let them know your position on the proposed funding cuts to library services nationwide.
From the State Library of Ohio web site:
We administer the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) program, funded through the independent federal agency IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services).
LSTA funds are used in one of three ways:
- Supporting in-house initiatives, e.g., the Summer Reading Program
- Supporting statewide initiatives, e.g., Ohio Libraries Share: MORE, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, and Guiding Ohio Online
- Competitive grant programs
Our staff works with the LSTA Advisory Council to determine funding priorities each year. Libraries may apply for either a planning grant or a project grant. Announcement of grant availability is posted on library listservs and application materials and the timeline for each grant cycle can be found on the website.
All types of libraries (i.e., public, school, academic and special) may apply for LSTA grants. Partnerships with other libraries and organizations are required.