Saturday, May 12, 2012

Action Needed on Learning Express ASAP - Contact the Governor


This was sent to me from the ILA Government Affairs people. This is still very important to ALL librarians. 

Immediate Action Needed:
Today a letter has been delivered to Governor Branstad from Lorraine Borowski, President of the Iowa Library Association regarding HF 2337, the appropriations bill for economic development and workforce development.  It includes a provision in section 3b that allocates funding to the state library for the Learning Express Library database.  Please contact the Governor and ask him to support the funding for the database.  A copy of the letter that was sent to the Governor is below.  Please feel free to use the wording from the letter in  your message.

Link to Contacting the Governor:  https://governor.iowa.gov/contact/
Thanks, Sarah
Sarah Willeford, ILA Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair

Library Director
Kirkendall Public Library
City of Ankeny
1210 NW Prairie Ridge Dr
Ankeny, IA 50023-1564
Ph 515-965-6461
__________________________________________________________
The Honorable Terry E. Branstad
Governor of Iowa
1007 East Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Dear Governor Branstad,
HF 2337, the appropriations bill for economic development and workforce development, includes a provision in section 3b that allocates funding to the state library for an online resource which prepares persons to succeed in the workplace through online programs to improve job skills and enhance vocational test-taking ability.

As president of the Iowa Library Association, I am writing to let you know how important this online resource, called Learning Express Library, is to all Iowans.   This product helps people improve their job skills and vocational test-taking ability by delivering more than 800 online interactive practice tests, tutorials and e-books.  The appropriated funds would assist the State Library in making the product available to Iowans through public libraries, community college libraries, and college and university libraries.  Iowans will be able to use this resource 24/7, anywhere there is internet access.

The Iowa Library Association and Iowa Library Services/the State Library believe that making this resource available to Iowans will further our partnership with Iowa Workforce Development in serving job seekers and unemployed Iowans.  We will work with IWD to make this resource available through their Virtual Access Points as well as through Iowa libraries.

I urge you to support this funding.  The Iowa Library Association legislation has supported funding for this resource for the past several years.  I appreciate your continuing support for Iowans and their libraries.   

Sincerely,
Lorraine Borowski, President
Iowa Library Association