Congress made history with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed by President Obama February 2009, but where do libraries fit in to the picture?
Libraries have the potential to benefit from specific provisions in the stimulus including $13 billion for Title I, $650 million for Enhancing Education Through Technology, $7.2 billion for Broadband, $53.6 billion for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, $120 million for the Senior Community Service Employment Program, and an additional $130 million for the Rural Community Facilities Program. ALA has posted more detailed information on how these provisions can benefit libraries. The challenge faced by librarians and library advocates is effectively communicating their cases to local and state government officials and, in many cases, informing them about the opportunities available for libraries in the ARRA.
How to advocate for ARRA funding? Draw attention at the state and local level. Use the ALA ARRA talking points or the ALA Stimulus Funding 2-pager – Libraries Helping America Get Back to Work to get familiar with the key details. See also The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: What Academic Libraries Can do Now.
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