Federal Legislative Agenda

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Fund Library Programs:

  • Provide funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) for FY15 at $180.9 million. These funds allow libraries to provide essential services to Wisconsin communities by supporting and promoting shared initiatives such as job search databases, expanded bandwidth, adult and early childhood literacy projects, assisting people with disabilities and more.
  • Support funding for the Library of Congress at $593.1 million to maintain important current service levels and resources.
  • Support funding for the Government Printing Office at $128.9 million to preserve public access to the resources of the Federal Digital System (FDSYS) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). 

Access for All:

  • Co-sponsor and support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2013 (FASTR) (S.350, H.R.708) which builds on the success of the NIH public access policy by increasing public access to federally funded research in an additional 11 federal agencies and departments.
  • Co-sponsor and support the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361/S. 1599) which would amend previous legislation by increasing transparency on surveillance orders and creating new restrictions on the bulk collection of citizen records. Support privacy and First Amendment principles as the House and Senate address other legislative proposals related to cybersecurity, data collection/retention and surveillance proposals. Library supporters seek to improve the balance between our civil liberties and the need of law enforcement to protect our country. 

Elementary and Secondary Schools and Children:

  • Support the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the inclusion of language for school libraries. Quality school libraries with state-certified school librarians are critical to student success. Wisconsin students will benefit from incorporating the following provisions:
    • Maintain dedicated federal funding for school libraries;
    • Include provisions under Title I state and local plans and the Race to the Top Fund to establish a state goal of having a school library staffed by a state-licensed school library in each public school; and,
    • Allow state and local professional development funds to be used for recruiting and training school librarians.
  • Restore funding for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program at $25 million for FY15 and ensure that at least half of these funds are allocated to competitive grants for underserved school libraries as required by law. This program is important because school libraries, and the librarians who work in them, are the primary source for digital literacy training as well as the related education that students from disadvantaged areas to gain the skills to function successfully in future careers and higher education in the digital age.
  • Recognize the importance of developing early learning initiatives by specifically including libraries as eligible entities or partners in all federal early childhood education programs and initiatives. 

Broadband and Telecommunications:

  • Continue to support the E-rate program to ensure that public libraries and K-12 public and private schools have the high-capacity broadband needed to provide critical services to Wisconsin communities and students.  

Libraries Role in Economic Future:

  • Address reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in the Senate (S. 1356) and require the inclusion of public libraries in state plans. It is imperative to include public library members on State and local workforce investment boards and to make libraries eligible for resources to assist the public with resume development, job bank web searches, literacy services, and workshops on career information.