NJLA posted a legislative alert last week urging the library community to contact their federal representatives regarding funding for library services. In his budget proposal, President Trump calls for the elimination of two key programs which provide critical funds in NJ Libraries. The two programs are the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).
Currently, the NJ State Library administers over 4 million dollars of federal funds in the LSTA program. This funding supports many statewide programs including the NJ Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) which serves individuals unable to use traditional books and funding for many electronic resources which are available to all NJ libraries. It would be impossible to replace these programs with local funding.