[library-media] Library funding

Loutensock, Georgia GLoutens@usoe.k12.ut.us
Mon, 7 Feb 2005 15:23:40 -0700

Dear Colleagues,

As a result to responses to the earlier email, I feel the need to comment on
school library funding.  As Bob Bingham pointed out, the State Librarian has
much greater leeway to contact legislators regarding funding for public
libraries.  However, her activities are regulated by her superiors.  Most of
the lobbying for public libraries comes from ULA.  

Regarding school library funding---any requests for school library media
funding usually comes as part of the State School Board's legislative
funding request.  The one-time money requested this year came as a complete
but welcome surprise to me.  There have been times when the Legislature
itself inserts one-time money for school libraries as the last time in

As the education specialist for library media, I no longer have input into
the Board's requests.  For the last few years Board priorities have gone to
UPASS and other programs required by NCLB.  As specialists we may not lobby
or promote our area outside the Board's request and we are not allowed to
contact or go to the legislature unless personally invited by Curriculum
Director or the State Superintendent.  In other words, our hands are tied
and our strings pulled by those in authority.  

I hope this helps to explain why I donot to more to promote funding for you
and your libraries.  Thanks for your time.  gml

Georgia Loutensock
Curriculum Section
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
801-538-7789  Fax: 801-538-7769