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Senator Reed introduces IMLS reauthorization bill

By admin | December 22, 2017

On December 21, Rhode Island’s own Senator Jack Reed and a bipartisan group of senators introduced the bill to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act.  The bill renews and builds on the $231 million committed to museum and library programs administered by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Support for libraries is a long standing tradition for Rhode Island senators: in 1996, Senator Claiborne Pell was instrumental in crafting the first Museum and Library Services Act.

In 2017, the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) received $1,070,238 from IMLS under the Library and Services and Technology Act Grants to States Program.  In the past 10 years, OLIS has received over $10 million dollars in federal funding to support library services and programs in Rhode Island.

Thank you Senator Reed, and your colleagues in Maine (Senator Susan Collins), Mississippi (Senator Thad Cochran), New York (Senator Kirsten Gillibrand) and Alaska (Senator Lisa Murkowski).

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