February 14, 2018 Press Release
Corporate Committee for Library Investment Issues Statement in Response to White House 2019 Budget Proposal
The Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI), an organization of more than 90 U.S. corporations united to support federal library funding, believes that the proposed cuts to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) damage critical economic and educational infrastructure. We urge Congress to restore full federal funding for America's libraries in the FY2019 budget.
Like last year, CCLI's message to members of Congress remains the same: libraries are worth the investment. Libraries and library businesses themselves spend more than $8 billion on goods and services provided by thousands of businesses. They bring leaders, experts, entrepreneurs, veterans, students and other community members together to solve difficult problems— from access to opportunity and academic success, to work-readiness and literacy. Furthermore, they launch careers, spark passions and offer countless materials, programs and services to bolster the overall health and wellness of the communities which they, and CCLI companies, serve.
CCLI does business in every state in the nation, collectively generating several billion dollars in annual revenue, employing thousands of people and financially enabling scores of other businesses in our supply and service chains to hire thousands more. The health of our businesses, our workers and all of our communities is inseparable from the health of libraries and their full federal funding.
MAY 22, 2017 PRESS RELEASE
NEW GROUP TO SAVE FEDERAL LIBRARY FUNDING TRIPLES MULTI-SECTOR CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP IN UNDER 72 HOURS; RENEWS CALL ON SENATORS TO BACK TWO KEY PROGRAMS NOW
(Washington, DC) – The Corporate Committee for Library Investment to advocate for federal library funding, launched last Wednesday, May 17, at 9:45 am with the delivery and public release of a letter to every United States Senator supporting library funding. The letter, which was left open and remains so for online signature by any other interested company or association, was originally signed by CCLI’s two dozen founding corporate and two national trade association members. By Friday evening (May 19), CCLI’s membership had tripled and now stands at more than 80 founding and subsequently joining companies and associations.
Today – for the economic benefit of every community, city and state and the nation’s economy – CCLI renews its urgent request of all senators to sign two bipartisan letters to their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee ahead of the imminent CoB May 24 deadline. Read more.
MAY 17, 2017 PRESS RELEASE
LEADING COMPANIES AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS CATALYZE NEW MULTI-INDUSTRY BUSINESS GROUP TO SAVE FEDERAL LIBRARY FUNDING
(Washington, DC) – Many of America’s leading information, software, publishing and other businesses as well as multiple national trade associations today unveiled the Corporate Committee for Library Investment to advocate for federal library funding.
As Congress turns to funding the government beyond next September, CCLI launches against the backdrop of Administration proposals to eliminate most federal library funding and the agency that distributes those funds to every state. Members of CCLI are united by the common belief that America’s libraries are business-building, job-creating, workforce-preparing engines of the U.S. economy in every corner of the country. The group formed to tell that story to Congress and other federal policy makers who control library funding and to encourage every American business to do the same. Read more.