President Trump has called for the elimination of The Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget. This would have drastic affects for libraries across the country including Ohio and here in Rocky River as well.
Per State Librarian Beverly Cain:
- EBSCO databases would disappear (or would have to be funded at the local level). The lack of LSTA funding to support the library databases jointly provided by the State Library, OPLIN, OhioLINK, and INFOhio would jeopardize the partnership and could potentially lead to elimination of the statewide availability of these resources.
- Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled services supported by the State Library would be curtailed.
- Public libraries would not receive summer reading materials and summer reading workshops would no longer be subsidized.
- Ohio Digital Library, serving the patrons of 177 public libraries across the state, would no longer receive support from the State Library; member libraries would be required to pay a portion of the yearly software maintenance ($125,000).
- Data available through the Public Library Survey would be minimal.
- Consulting services, such as strategic planning, space design, and youth services would be significantly reduced or eliminated.
- State Library support for WebJunction would end and library staff would no longer have access to Skillsoft courses.
- Competitive grants to support innovative initiatives in areas including Data Management and Analytics, Outreach and Partnerships, and STEM/STEAM, would no longer exist.
- The SEO Library Center would no longer be partially supported with federal funding, requiring the elimination of some services such as Technology Training on Demand. Continuation of services would require increased financial support from SEO member libraries.
- Leadership programs such as Library Leadership Ohio and ILEAD USA-Ohio would be eliminated.
- The process of establishing the Ohio Digital Network as a service hub for DPLA would be significantly delayed or terminated.
- Plans to use LSTA funds to support the Guiding Ohio Online digital literacy program once the grant funding from Serve Ohio ends in FY 2018 would be eliminated.
Ask your Representative to support LSTA and IAL funding now.
Library champions in the House have begun circulating what are called “Dear Appropriator” letters to their colleagues. Right now, there are two letters – one that asks Appropriators to support LSTA funding and a second for IAL funding. Please email your Representative and ask that they sign on to both letters – the House deadline is April 3, 2017, so don’t delay!