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Kevin Maher


Federal funding for libraries increases in FY 2020 and the 2020 Census is underway

Congressional appropriators needed overtime to complete the FY 2020 budget, but the result was good news for libraries: a $10 million increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including $6.2 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) – the largest increase in LSTA funding in 12 years. The final federal spending bill also includes increases for other library and higher education programs, including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and programs for students and institutions of higher education.

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