After learning about the impending deletion of funding for the Institute of Museum of Library Services during the Urban Librarians Unite DANGEROUS LIBRARIANS conference at the Brooklyn Public Library, I unleashed a barrage of three op-eds in The Hill and conducted an hour-long interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, reaching Speaker Paul Ryan’s home district. Ryan had advocated zeroing out the agency for years, although Wisconsin has some of the highest library usage in the country.
There were 60,000 shares of the three columns, including 52,000 of “Trump drops the mother of all bombs on libraries.” As bleak as the prospects seemed in Brooklyn, the new omnibus appropriations act contains the full funding for IMLS plus an additional $1 million. And all the other agencies such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and Smithsonian Institution held steady or grew as well.
In a truth challenged administration, no one could be more troublesome than librarians. Don’t mess with DANGEROUS LIBRARIANS!