Posted by: bluesyemre | July 23, 2022

What a Renewed Federalism Means for Libraries

In a time when funding for the sole federal library program is under threat and state and local library funding are under intense revenue pressure, it is important to understand the role that the governmental philosophy of political actors will play in public and tax policy decisions. From the Trump administration to Congress, a coherent and cohesive set of federalist and libertarian approaches will frame the policy and funding debates about the role, scope, and funding of government. This article examines emerging federal policy and budget priorities through the lens of modern political philosophies to discuss how public, school, and academic library communities should anticipate and react to developments.

John Chrastka: executive director of EveryLibrary. EveryLibrary is the first national political action committee for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has provided pro bono support to 62 library communities with ballot measures and tax referenda, helping to win well over $220 million in stable tax funding. Chrastka is a former board president of the Berwyn (IL) Public Library and RAILS, the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System. Prior to EveryLibrary, he was a partner in AssociaDirect, an association consultancy, and was director for membership development at ALA. E-mail:

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