I promised a full link to the Council documents after Annual…. Have fun reading!
Ok…. after establishing a quorum, we have begun.
James Neal is first on the agenda reporting on the ALA FY2013 budget. (inserted later)
Jim also made remarks (as this is his last meeting as Treasurer)… these remarks I will link to as soon as they are posted: Regarding the future of ALA investing and ALA as a body. Great stuff!
COL & IFC: Resolution to replace the Edward Snowden/Bradley Manning resolutions.
Again… heated debate. This is actually one of the first times that a resolution passed by this body has been proposed to be rescinded. Some are upset by this… they think we need to go further than the resolution proposed (which deals with the problem rather than calling individuals out that have been whistleblowers). Debate for and against is happening now… WOW… one of the first times that ALA Council have rescinded a resolution by replacing it with another. ALA Council passed the substitute resolution brought forward by the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Committee on Legislation. We also passed a resolution on recognizing the Government Printing Office as the lead agency in preserving the digital lifecycle of digital government documents.
We passed the resolution on 19.3 which states that we support librarians that are sued for doing their professional duty.
We are now considering reducing printing
15918 paid registrants 4319 complimentary exhibit passes and a total of 20237 + 6125 exhibitors – 26362… total
The last day of ALA is upon us… the call to begin comes early this morning… 7:45 am!! the agenda is jammed packed with business of the association. We are under a time constraint since our closing speaker, Octavia Spencer (Actress and Author) will be speaking at 9:30 this morning to close out our Chicago 2013 conference. It has been a good conference and a very hectic one for me. Thank you again for the opportunity to be your representative on ALA Council! After the conference is over and a few days of much needed vacation, I will update this blog to give a little background and update the blog posts to give a little more information (especially for those that do not understand the interworkings of this huge organization.
We are beginning….
Good Morning all:
Council 2 has begun …. Coffee in hand, snack and water… everything plugged in… I’m ready to go.
Council Forum (which was held last night) is a time for councilors to informally discuss and debate items coming to the floor the next day. This allows the movers time for input from others hopefully to decrease debate and time to edit. Last night was a great discussion on two rather controversial resolutions: 1) the Bradley Manning “Whistleblowing” resolution. 2) The Divestment of ALA in Fossil Fuel investments. Two others, there was a little discussion and suggestions taken on a resolution on Prayer at ALA Meetings and one commending the vital role of libraries during time of disaster.
Reports to begin…
They will be posted…. (these were routine action items for editorial changes mostly)
1st: Resolution on Prayer in ALA meetings — This is part of policy but it needs to be outlined. As we are a diverse, professional, secular institution, this provides for the freedom of and freedom from religion. This is a heated topic. There have been incidents of prayers being held under the auspices of ALA. This resolution will remind folks that we are a diverse group… but that we may have moments of silence… “The American Library Association, as a secular institution in a country that is increasingly diverse religiously, refraining having public prayers during its meetings. Moments of silence may be observed meetings.” Motion passed. The debate and amendments took a while!
Resolution in Support of Whistleblower Bradley Manning: Another heated discussion on tap…
“Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA) opposes the prosecution of Bradley Manning
“recognizes Bradley Manning as a whistleblower who fulfilled to report war crimes under U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions.”
There is a motion to refer this to Committee on Legislation and Intellectual Freedom Committee ….
Next Resolution on Library Service to the Community in a Natural Disaster (will be posted) Passed
Next Resolution: “Resolution on Divestment of Holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies and Libraries’ Role in a Peaceful Transition to a Fossil-Free Economy” : I spoke at Council for the first time! YAY!! I think this resolution is short sighted and negative. I think we should encourage our Endowment Committee to make ecological responsible investments in the future and divest as is prudent for the financial health of ALA. Hope this makes sense. The resolution was defeated.
Next Resolution: New… to Move CD#39 (regarding rescinding our Edward Snowden resolution) and referring it to the Intellectual Freedom Committee and Committee on Legislation. Heated debate….
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More tomorrow from Council 3! Stay tuned!
Waaaaaayyyy too early to be up on a Sunday morning! WOW! As I said on Facebook… Sometimes the hardest thing I do is put on a coffee lid in the morning. Today was one of those days.
Sorry… didn’t mean to publish… I TOLD you it was too early in the morning…
President Maureen Sullivan led council in the recognition of special attendees (includes Presidents and President elects of State Chapters — and special attendees).
After logistics (approval of rules and information and minutes), we begin the agenda.
More logistics… slates of candidates for the Committee on Committees (those that recommend committee members for ALA committees) and the Planning and Budget Assembly (PBA) were approved. No candidates were nominated from the floor.
Keith Michael Fiels is reporting on the actions of the Executive Board since ALA Midwinter. Mostly … they discussed budget issues and the resolution on the divestment of ALA Holdings in Fossil Fuel.
Next: Report of the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group. They are doing tremendous work… and remember… this is even BEYOND the ebook issue! (posting items later). All big 6 publishers are engaged with librarians across the country. There was lots of hard work that went into this to develop a closer working relationship. American Libraries has a special edition regarding Digital Content.
Now… Resolutions begin: The first on tap is the “Edward Snowden” resolution:
“Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA): Recognizes Edward Snowden as a whistleblower who, in releasing information that documents government attacks on privacy, free speech, and freedom of association, has performed a valuable service in launching a national dialogue about transparency, domestic surveillance, and overclassification.” Debate begins… Surprisingly … not much debate. The Resolution passed.
Next… Resolution Reaffirming ALA’s Commitment to Basic Literacy (posted later):
“Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:
– reaffirms and supports the principle that lifelong literacy is a basic right for all individuals in our society and is essential to the welfare of the nation;
–reaffirms the core value of basic literacy as foundational for people of all ages and is the building block for developing other literacies;
–encourages appropriate ALA units and Divisions to actively participate in the Association’s Literacy Assembly; and
–urges appropriate ALA units and libraries of all types to make basic literacy a high priority by incorporating literacy initiatives into programs and services for all users. Now speaking to the resolution… The resolution passes.
Next… “Declaration for the Right to Libraries Resolution: Resolves, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:
–Endorses the Declaration for the Right to Libraries
–Urges that the American Library Association work to support and engage libraries and communities across the country in supporting the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. Debate begins… Resolution passes.
Next… Resolution on Library Service to the Community in a Natural Disaster (resolved clauses too long to type… I will post) Basically it is to recognize the contributions of libraries and library staff during natural disasters (NY, CT, VT, NJ)…. and directs a letter of acknowledgment for the contributions. Discussion begins…. Great point made: … so many of us have dealt with natural disasters elsewhere… we should commend all of the libraries and library staff for their work all over the United States for their contributions to the community effected by natural disasters. This has been postponed until Council 2.
Next…. The resolution of the Divestment of Holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies and Libraries’ Role in a Peaceful Transition to a Fossil-Free Economy has been postponed until Council 2.
We are taking a break… I’ll go ahead and publish this and edit this when we come back to the action!
Ok… I’m back…
We have postponed the Resolution on Prayer at ALA Meetings…
Next…. Resolution Commending the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for Defending Videogames. Discussion begins… a vote to strike the 4th resolve clause failed… so the resolution stands as submitted. More discussion to continue… Resolution passes.
Next… Resolution on Digitization of US Government Documents: This has been referred to the Committee on Legislation and specifically the FDLP (Federal Depository LIbrary Program)…
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We will meet tonight at Council Forum (8:30 pm) at Hilton Chicago Astoria Room.
We are adjourned! We are ahead of schedule!! Unheard of!
More later peeps!
After a 10 minute break… we are BAAAAACCCCKKK!!
Maureen Sullivan went over the rules. We also have a revised agenda.
We have a quorum (We have to have at least 75 members in order to conduct business at this meeting)
We are standing in tribute to those colleagues and supporters who have died. I will list them later.
We also have 2 tributes to CALA (Chinese American Librarians Association) and Abba Alahdi.
First Resolution: (I’ll post) “Resolution on Divestment of Holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies and Libraries’ Role in a Peaceful Transition to a Fossil-Free Economy” … now the discussion begins (for and against)… It’s a very heated issue…. Members spoke for and against and made cogent arguments on both sides. The motion failed and will not move on to Council. 46-44.
Now… on to a resolution in support of Whistleblower Edward Snowden….. (posting later): Members are standing to speak for and against… motion carries and will be sent to council for consideration…
We are now adjourned until tomorrow morning!
We are beginning the action of the ALA. This is the first session… I will try to attach reports to my blog once I get home. Please excuse grammar or spelling! Writing in the moment but will look back to clarify and correct as needed….
Today’s session will be reports for the membership. No action will be taken at this session.
It’s really a shame that more members don’t attend. You hear about the association and it helps dispel the mysteries of ALA. I’ll try to pass on as much as I can and hope to post the reports.
Maureen Sullivan, ALA President gave her report. is giving her report. The first Leadership Development program. 40 participants were selected.
Barbara Stripling, Incoming ALA President is giving her report outlining her agenda for the upcoming year. One initiative is the Declaration for the Right to Libraries… signings will go on around the country to support the local libraries. Second Initiative: Libraries Change Lives which will highlight Literacy…. highlighting what’s going on around ALA with literacy… Third… Community Engagement… To spread the news about our great public work. Continuing the work of the Digital Content Working Group to help us with our Digital Initiatives. Also there will be an Advocacy campaign for school libraries.
Keith Michael Feils, Executive Director, reiterated appreciation for the work of the Digital Content Working Group. Virtual Membership meeting attendance 400+ members from around the world attended. Looks like the Chicago conference is successful…. there are 439 programs, 984 meetings… the total is: 2792 programs meetings, etc… WOW! Attendance Figures: (as of Friday) 13950 registrants, 5700 vendor = 19,677 total.
Endowment & Trustees Report — Kate Nevins, reporting: Kate thinks we will really hold our own with our investments. (report to be posted later). The Endowment funds provide support for the divisions, scholarships, etc of ALA. The most controversial finding by the Endowment & Trustees report is it’s recommendation that we will not divest in Fossil Fuels (they reported about this in response to a question from the BARC committee — Budget Analysis and Review Committee). This is a heated topic and has been the topic of heated discussion in ALA Council before. Several members have risen in order to implore ALA Council to advise the Endowment funds investments. ALA Council is an Advisory Body… BARC advises the ALA Executive Board on fiduciary issues.
BARC Report: (report to be posted) — Looks like things are in a deficit (due to the economic downturn) — Adjustments had to be made (reductions) in order to have a balanced budget. 10% reduction in staffing (through attrition). Staff Development funds have been eliminated. Senior management took a 10% salary cut. BARC believed if revenue projections were positive, staff compensation need to be funded. Layoffs have been avoided… for now. BARC did not endorse the Fossil Fuel divestment. Neither did the Endowment Trustees.
Treasurer’s Report: Jim Neal reported on Strategic Issues that have impacted our FY2014 budget. Many changes/challenges have impacted us. We need to look at diversity in investment… membership numbers have reduced, we have had a downturn in publishing, etc. This has impacted us quite a big. ALA is looking at continuing education on line, electronic publishings, international community, our users and mergers and acquisitions. We must look at new technologies and systems (hardware and software) (Jim is outlining the ALA Budgeted expenses… I’ll post later). We are a reduced but still doing a great thing for the profession and our members!
We will now transition to the Membership Meeting… more in a bit…