February 17, 2018

ALA Asks Congress to Fully Fund LSTA

By LJ Staff

Testifying before the House Appropriations Committee, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, urged the Committee to fund the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at the recently authorized level of $232 million. An authorization is a guideline for appropriations, rather than a requirement, and President Bush has proposed $220 million, an 11% increase. In her testimony, Sheketoff said that full funding would help libraries meet their needs at a time when they are attempting to serve a growing number of customers while facing severe cutbacks in state and local funding. She noted that total visits to the library have increased by more than 17% between 1996 and 2001.