National Library Issues

The past MLA Legislative Chair takes on the responsibility of keeping us informed of national issues that affect libraries. You may subscribe to the ALA District Dispatch to receive newsletters, announcements, & calls to action on national issues. Click images below for info on National Library Legislative Day and ALA Resources.

Recent Issues

Net Neutrality

Network neutrality is the concept of online non-discrimination. It is the principle that consumers and citizens should be free to get access to—or to provide—the Internet content and services they wish, and that consumer access should not be regulated based on the nature or source of that content or service.

District Dispatch on Net Neutrality

ALA Statement on Net Neutrality

Museum & Library Services Act (Jan 2018)

The 2017 MLSA reauthorizes the Institute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS), showing congressional support for the federal agency. IMLS administers funding through the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), the only federal program that exclusively covers services and funding for libraries. The LSTA provides more than $183 million for libraries through the Grants to States program, the National Leadership Grants for Libraries, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and Native American Library Services.

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Quick history of the Museum and Library Services Act

Senators introduce bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2017

National Library Legislative Day 2019 Briefing from ALA

Issue Briefing Slides May 7 2018 FINAL.pptx