|Out and about in Washington, D.C.|
The librarians spoke with our legislators about a variety of issues and programs happening in libraries in the United States, including these, which are especially important for Mississippians:
- The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the only federally funded program for libraries. Mississippi libraries have used this funding on a variety of programs and projects. To name just a few, they've implemented innovative autism resource centers, bought new computers for public use, and now offer much-needed computer classes for students, seniors, and job seekers. Stay tuned--we'll be sharing Mississippi's LSTA success stories on this blog in the coming months.
- Innovative Approaches to Literacy Funding is an important program that assists with books and literacy programs in our school libraries.
- Programs that keep us up-to-date and competitive in areas where we are technologically deficient, including support of public WiFi access, network neutrality, and the Lifeline program, which would help fund broadband.
- The Marrakesh Treaty affects over 107,000 Mississippians with print disabilities. It will make print materials available in accessible digitized formats.
|The Mississippi contingent|
|Sessions were hosted by the American Library Association|
|Planning the day|
|Waiting in Senator Roger Wicker's office to meet|
with his Legislative Assistant, Sarah Lloyd Stevenson