Why should we in libraries get active behind fighting to save the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)?
YSS past chair Leah Langby wrote a beautiful post in the Indianhead Federated Library System youth library blog, Keeping Up with Kids, in which she lists the MANY things that Wisconsin Librarians have benefited from including Growing WI Readers, support for media mentorship; the Coding Initiative, system grants to help youth services, creating this youth leadership institute that benefits youth library staff throughout the state and much more.
Please take a moment to read that post and think about the grants and initiatives that have helped you as a youth librarian - and your communities - in Wisconsin because of this federal money.
Then, get active. Our WLA representative to ALA Sherry Machones, shares this information from ALA on what we all can do RIGHT now to support continued funding for libraries and museums through the IMLS: