Category Archives: IMLS

Today is the Deadline! #SaveIMLS

Today, April 3rd, is the first deadline to contact your representatives to ask them to sign “Dear Appropriator” letters. These two letters ask Appropriators to support Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) funding.

ALA’s Take Action page makes it easy to contact the appropriate people with talking points. You can send an email, make a phone call, or send a tweet. If your rep has signed the letter, please call to thank them!

The Texas Library Association released a statement on the President’s proposed budget which eliminates federal library funding.

The Texas State Library recently released a wonderful video showing the impact that IMLS has on all Texans.

Don’t let the word deadline stop you either. April 3rd is only the first deadline, but EveryLibrary assures me that it isn’t over until the budget is passed. Continuing contacting representatives past April 3rd!


Bell/Whittington Library a Finalist

Portland LibraryCongratulations to  the Bell Whittington Public Library, Portland, TX and Rose Aleta Laurell, Director!

This library was named a finalist in the IMLS Best Small Library in America competition!

“Serving a population of 15,099 in a satellite community near Corpus Christi, this library does an awful lot with the $29 per capita budget at its disposal. The judges noted innovative outreach that can easily be duplicated by other libraries, while judge Julie Hildebrand called it “amazing considering the size of their staff,” just three full-time, four part-time. The library’s recent record of programming with high attendance numbers and a strong focus on technology is well demonstrated by the “Seniors in Cyberspace” program held in partnership with senior centers and other community sites such as the local Dairy Queen restaurants. Attendance for the course reached 1,758, with evaluations showing 100 percent rate of achievement in signing up for new email addresses.”