The American Library Association
has just sent out the following information.
The Jobs for Main Street Bill is coming to the House floor today (much sooner
than expected). Library supporters are urged to contact their U.S. Congressman
today and both Senators tomorrow to get librarian jobs included in the Main
Street Jobs Bill. The American Library Association has made a proposal to
include librarian jobs in the bill by requesting that $650 million be
appropriated to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for that purpose.
Go to the
Legislative Action Center to access your representatives directly.
Libraries and librarians are at the forefront of helping the unemployed obtain
needed job skills and look for work. Since libraries are the only source of
no-fee Internet access for 71 percent of Americans, libraries are becoming the
center of job searches for the unemployed. Since many job applications are now
submitted online, a lack of Internet access could mean a lack of opportunity
to apply for jobs.
Unfortunately, these services are being threatened as librarians are losing
their jobs due to state and local budget shortfalls. Without staff, libraries
are often forced to reduce hours or even close, which limits the ability of
the unemployed to access resources at the times they need it most.
Please include $650 million for libraries that the American Library
Association has proposed in the Jobs for Main Street Act. The additional funds
would enable libraries to restore jobs and hire new staff, which would lead to
increased hours and resources for the public. The public would then be able to
use the free Internet access to look for jobs, take advantage of library
classes to develop job skills, use the small business resources to build
business plans, and much more.