Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Stimulus Package

Where are the libraries in the stimulus package? I've been swamped with petitions and write your rep forms from lots of medical, green, social services groups but not one has mentioned libraries. I know we could use the cash. Has LC, OCLC, or ALA or some other big player made a play for the funding? If so let me know, I'd gladly support and spread the word about the effort.

We know libraries are a good investment, they are underfunded, and the salaries are comparatively low. Sounds like a good place to invest some funds. Libraries are also counter-cyclical, business goes up in bad times. So our need and importance to our communities are greater now than a few years back.

2 comments:

Sheli said...

Hi David,
We've had emails from our state library association about contacting our congresspeople. Here's a link to PaLA for more info. http://palibraries.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=82

Hope this helps! and I hope the letters help too! :-)

The Shifted Librarian said...

Hi, David --

Just wanted to note that ALA has been *very* active in this area. See our Washington Office's District Dispatch blog for further information.

Best,
Jenny Levine
ALA