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Economic stimulus package aka American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [ARRA] aka LIBRARIES NEED MONEY; please help them receive it

Okay, so we are all aware of the Economic Stimulus Package meant to deliver the US of A from its current state of economic peril. The formal name of the pending bill is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and libraries could potentially benefit greatly from it. Sadly, they could also get shafted. ALA’s District Dispatch has put out a call for all those who work, utilize, or love libraries to contact their legislators and let them know WITHIN THE NEXT 36 TO 48 HOURS how crucial it is for libraries to be included in and receive funding from this bill.

If you live in Oregon, you can contact your legislators via this generic form. I’m sure there are a slew of interns who will review your submission and promptly route it to the correct place. Feel free to copy, tweak, and paste the message I hastily copied, tweaked, and pasted from the District Dispatch post.
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Hello.

I am a [librarian, bibliophile, cheerleader for libraries, etc.] living in [Anytown, OR], and am writing you in hopes that you PLEASE, PLEASE include important library provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  In particular is it crucial that you:

  • Restore education construction funds eliminated from the Senate version of the ARRA. The House version of the ARRA would provide $14 billion for K-12 construction and $6 billion for higher education construction and specifically mention libraries as an allowable use of funds. The K-12 construction funds would create 300,000 jobs.
  • Restore the money cut from the State Stabilization Fund in the Senate bill to $79 billion to and restore the Governors ability to use a portion of the funds at his or her discretion.
  • Maintain the $8 billion for ‘Broadband Technology Opportunities Program’ for robust broadband to all of America including “fiber to the libraries for the 21st century.”
  • Make no less than $200 million available for competitive grants for expanding public computer center capacity, including community colleges and public libraries.
  • Uphold the open access of networks and not include provisions allowing intrusive network management techniques.

Libraries are a key source of free internet access to look for jobs and so much more. Our libraries provide essential services that stimulate our local economies.  Please help to ensure libraries receive the  much needed funding the ARRA can provide.

 Thank you.
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