Dear Bethany,

I will respond to your request for citizen action from here in Northern
California. You are *not* alone!

In addition, may I suggest that it's time to compose some messages to
conservatives and military hawks to explain, in language meaningful to
them, exactly how these budget cuts will impact programs they value. We
need to go beyond "preaching to the choir" and encourage our opposition to
think more strategically, systematically and deeply. This action may
require research into funding that supports conservative scholarship as
well as local and religious history.

Any colleagues in my geographical region who would like to caucus for
mutual support, please feel free to contact me.


Liza Loop
History of Computing in Learning and Education (HCLE) Project.
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On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 8:44 AM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thank you for this strong statement. It is a wonderful call to action. I'm
> acting.
> Michelle
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Mar 16, 2017, at 11:19 AM, Bethany Nowviskie <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> Dear friends,
> Last night, the Trump administration released its new budget blueprint
> <>,
> an advisory document that proposes increases in spending to military
> programs and national security, coupled with major decreases to—or the
> complete elimination of—many programs supporting scientific data
> and research, human health, and environmental safety; social uplift,
> education, and protection for the poor; international
> diplomacy, cooperation, and aid; and the arts, culture, history, and museum
> and library services. The House and Senate will now begin offering their
> own budget resolutions, and a long process of negotiation—informed by the
> will of the people, as expressed to our elected representatives—will
> ultimately result in Appropriations committee legislation setting funding
> levels for agencies and offices germane to the goals of the Digital
> Library Federation <> and its mission to
> “advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good.”
> These include—among many others—agencies and offices whose federal budgets
> the Trump administration proposes to *eliminate entirely*: the National
> Endowment for the Humanities <>, the Corporation for
> Public Broadcasting <> (which supports NPR and
> PBS), the National Endowment for the Arts <>, the Woodrow
> Wilson International Center for Scholars <>, the US
> Institute of Peace <>, the Appalachian Regional
> Commission <>—and of course the IMLS,
> the Institute of Museum and Library Services <>.
> IMLS not only supports academic library and information science R&D
> programs that contribute to the development of a coherent and utterly
> necessary national digital platform; it also supports public programming
> and education in our nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000
> museums—themselves vulnerable to future budget cuts. Future reductions may
> also be proposed to the budgets of the National Archives, the Library of
> Congress, the Smithsonian Institution and other federally-funded keepers of
> records, culture, and national memory.
> Program officers and staff of public service organizations like these are
> prohibited by the federal Hatch Act of 1939 from engaging in some forms
> of political activity, thus curtailing their ability to advocate fully for
> the agencies to which they have devoted so much, while serving as agency
> representatives. *The DLF community must represent them, and—in our
> support for the myriad ways these agencies serve us—we raise our voices
> <> to represent the communities and
> publics we serve together. *
> Last month, in a national climate of growing division and rising
> fear, the DLF and its parent organization, CLIR, offered a statement
> outlining our community’s enduring values and our own “Deepening Resolve
> <>.” I spend my every day in awe of
> the imagination, drive, compassion, and expertise of DLF practitioners. I
> know the people who make up our working groups
> <> and who staff our member institutions
> <> are resolute in their understanding of
> the power of digital libraries to serve—as we put it in the statement
> <>—”individuals and institutions
> that are both stalwart and vulnerable, people living now and generations
> yet to come.” The DLF community strives to build usable, welcoming, and
> respectful knowledge representation systems that embody “our shared, core
> values of enlightened liberalism and scientific understanding,” help us
> understand the past and imagine better futures, and advance “our mission to
> create just, equitable, and sustained global cultures of accessible
> information.”
> These are lofty goals. Like all things, they start in the local
> <https:[log in to unmask]>,
> the embodied, the world near to you.
> Regardless of your party affiliation or political creed (and in the
> understanding that diversity of thought is among our community’s great
> strengths)—if you share my concern about aspects of the current
> administration’s budget proposal and vision for libraries, research data,
> and cultural heritage in the digital age, I urge you to *contact your
> representatives <> and make your views
> known*. Finally, I remind you that the DLF has very consciously redoubled
> its efforts <> to function as a
> flexible, pragmatic, and supportive framework for grassroots efforts of all
> kinds, relevant to our field. DLF members and non-members alike are invited
> to use us as a platform for effective community organizing
> <>. We are
> here for you, and for the futures you want to build.
> —Bethany (writing quickly and alone; Team CLIR/DLF and DLF Advisory
> Committee endorsements, additions, or productive dissent may yet come)
> This statement is posted online:
> Bethany Nowviskie
> Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF) at CLIR
> Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, UVa
> | | | | she/her/hers

Liza Loop
History of Computing in Learning and Education (HCLE) Project.
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