[Libs-Or] GOOD WORK OERGON, Merkley signed Fwd: URGENT! LSTA in danger! Call NOW to protectlibrary funding!
janet.webster at oregonstate.edu
Wed May 13 18:20:30 PDT 2009
This is great news and I"m pretty sure it's because the seven member delegation talked to his staff yesterday. Please send both Wyden and Merkeley thanks-yous (email or phone call) for signing the Dear Colleague. This budget, this letter is the only chance that LSTA will be increased at all meaning more grant money for Oregon libraries. We are one of the few states to get two senators signing.
OLA Legislation Committee Chair
From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us on behalf of Diedre Conkling
Sent: Wed 5/13/2009 3:13 PM
Subject: [Libs-Or] GOOD WORK OERGON,Merkley signed Fwd: URGENT! LSTA in danger! Call NOW to protectlibrary funding!
I know that a number of you had contacted Sen. Merkley about signing this
but it just was not happening. Now I see that he has finally signed. Maybe
our delegation at National Legislative Day was able to convince him.
Anyway, I think it is now time to send a thank you to both Sen. Wyden (an
early signer) and Sen. Merkley to let them know that we really appreciate
their signing on to this letter.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kristin Murphy, American Library Association <kmurphy at alawash.org>
Date: Wed, May 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM
Subject: URGENT! LSTA in danger! Call NOW to protect library funding!
To: Diedre Conkling <diedrec at charter.net>
[image: TAKE ACTION!] URGENT! LSTA in danger! Call NOW to protect
library funding! *URGENT!!! DEADLINE TOMORROW TO PROTECT LSTA FUNDING!!!*
<http://capwiz.com/ala/utr/1/NQEYKMQWIB/OAQAKMQWQU/3338502726> Call your
Senators now!!! Please contact your Senators and ask them to sign the
"Dear Colleague" letter being circulated by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and
Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in support of funding for the Library Services and
Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries
*The deadline has been extended to 10am on May 14, 2009!!!!!!!*
This is a tough budget year. After passing the stimulus package, only a
select few programs will receive an increase in FY 2010. LSTA and the
Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program are in serious danger of
receiving level funding, or possibly even a cuts, if we don't have 60
signatures on the letter. Please contact your Senator NOW!
The letter is addressed to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and
Education Appropriation Subcommittee and requests that the Senate include
$300 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $100
million for the Improving Literary Through School Libraries program for FY
2010. It has come to our attention that Senate offices have been told this
request is considered an earmark. We have been assured by Appropriations
Committee staff this is not the case.
Please CALL your Senators and let them know that this letter is an absolute
priority. Click on the "take action" link in the upper left hand corner and
enter your zip code. It will provide you with both talking points and the
contact information for your elected official. When you convince your
Senators to sign onto the Dear Colleague, you must ask him or her to call
Andrew Odgren with Senator Reed at 202-224-4642 or Mathew Hussey with
Senator Snowe at 202-224-5344.
The following Senators have signed onto this letter. If your Senator is not
on this list, but has committed to signing the Dear Colleague, please call
If you no longer wish to receive e-mail from us, you can unsubscribe
diedre08 at gmail.com
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