Last week, AALL President Jean Wenger submitted written testimony on behalf of AALL, Medical Library Association (MLA), and Special Libraries Association (SLA) to the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch in support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 appropriations requests of the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress (LC). AALL, MLA and SLA urged the subcommittee to fully fund the appropriations requests of GPO and LC.
For Fiscal Year 2014, GPO is asking for a modest 1.2 percent increase above FY 2013 levels so that it can grow its digital systems and make necessary information technology and infrastructure repairs. This request would also enable GPO to continue to support the 200-year-old Federal Depository Library Program.
The Library of Congress plans to ask for an increase in funding only to reflect inflation, which will help ensure the Library is able to maintain mission-critical services. AALL, MLA, and SLA strongly supports several of the Law Library of Congress’s initiatives, including the classification of the remaining approximately 480,000 volumes to Class K Law Classification. The Library of Congress is in urgent need of more storage space for its collection and requires funding for the construction of a new storage facility, known as Modular (Mod) 5 at the Library’s 100 acre campus at Ft. Meade, Maryland. LC also requires sufficient funding to support the vital work of the Copyright Office, which includes the composition of policy studies that aid Congress in legislative deliberations.
The budget battle continues as Congress will return from its two week recess on Monday and must work to reconcile the Senate and Houses’ dramatically different spending plans. President Obama is expected to present his administration’s budget proposal on April 10, two months after the February deadline. Read more in the April issue of our Washington E-Bulletin.