Why We Absolutely Need To Care More About Library Funding May 12, 2014 tmcclaryLibrary Marketing Articles No Comments There’s plenty for Republicans and Democrats to hate in the so-called Paul Ryan budget the House passed earlier this month: raising the age requirement for Social Security, privatizing Medicare, cuts to Medicaid, and charging interest on student loans while students are still in school. Even some Republicans thought it went too far–if only for purely strategic reasons. But there’s one provision in the budget that seems to have been noticed by librarians: the elimination of an entire government agency–the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which provides funds to libraries across the country that are used to pay for everything from broadband Internet to Braille books for the visually impaired. I can’t say I’m surprised, despite the fact that the IMLS seems a bizarre target for those wanting to cut government spending: The Obama administration requested *only* $226.4 million for the IMLS for fiscal year 2015. To put that figure in perspective, it’s 0.0017% of the cost a Navy aircraft carrier currently being built and less than a third of what it cost to occupy Iraq for one day. For the full story visit Huff Post Books.