Congress approved a bill Sept. 16 that earmarks more than $232 million a year for school and public libraries and increases the base amount that states could receive to upgrade sophisticated library technology systems--from online card catalogs to electronic research databases.

The bill (H.R. 13), which was signed into law by President Bush Sept. 25, reauthorizes the Museum and Library Services Act through the year 2009. Of chief concern to school technology leaders is the portion of the law known as the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) of 1996, which was intended to improve


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