Check out the eponymous article here:
ALA calls on Congress to restore support to libraries in FY2012 budget.
This press release, of April 15th, is about the deep cuts to library services that the new federal budget bill, H.R. 1473, could make. The bill includes a $28 million cut to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and shuffles the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program (which is the only federal program for school libraries) off on the Department of Education to determine funds for school libraries.
ALA is making a case to Congress as the budget process moves forward. ALA President Roberta Stevens says:
“These cuts in funding hurt people throughout the United States who depend on libraries. We are putting our nation at a disadvantage as we compete in a world that realizes and values the importance of being educated and informed.”