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EveryLibrary Encourages Voters to Rally Against Deep Federal Budget Cuts Impacting Local Libraries
President Trump's budget proposals could shut down the Institute of Museum and Library Services, but EveryLibrary is committed to helping libraries and museums thrive
Throughout 2019 we were able to join a multitude of coalitions and partnerships to advance the role of libraries in the United States.
Across the country, threats to school library programs and school librarianship are well known and ongoing.
Back in March 2019, President Trump’s FY2020 Budget proposal targeted the only federal library programs for complete elimination. That was the third year the president’s budget called for the total shutdown of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). And we don't see it being any different in 2020 either.
EveryLibrary always works to help the legitimate library stakeholder amplify its own agenda and voice.
In 2019, EveryLibrary helped dozens of libraries safeguard their funding from local threats through direct political actions and lobbying activities or through behind-the-scenes supports for leaders and activists as they campaigned for their libraries.
EveryLibrary was proud to work with 14 library communities on their ballot measures in 2019.
On December 3, EveryLibrary and the EveryLibrary Institute announced the launch of the Libraries 2020 campaign, a first of its kind nationwide voter engagement campaign for libraries. Using modern, advanced voter engagement strategies, the Libraries 2020 campaign will build political power, lasting public engagement, and true voter support for library funding across the country. This campaign brings the skills, competencies, and successes of both EveryLibrary, the only national political action committee for libraries, and the EveryLibrary Institute, a non-profit library think tank focused on the future of library funding.
We would love to take a moment and ask you to thank all of our 2019 corporate sponsors when you see them at ALAMW. With their donations we were able to provide pro-bono support for library campaigns and take action on dozens of library funding initiatives bringing in over 300 million dollars in new funding to the library industry. This new funding will allow dozens of libraries to keep their doors open and better serve their communities. For a full list of EveryLibrary’s corporate and vendor sponsors, or to find out how to become a corporate sponsor, just click here.
Our work as the only national political action committee for libraries reached several important milestones in 2019. You can read about all of our activities in 2019 in our annual report!