Monthly Archives: January 2013

It’s DONE!

Thank you for keeping up with the ALA NMRT Councilor Blog during this Midwinter. I hope it was helpful in keeping you up to date on the happenings and an insiders view of the larger ALA.

If you feel this was a good use of my time as your Councilor, let me know!

My email address is

Thanks for your support! It’s a pleasure to represent you on Council.

Susan J



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Last Council…. Council III

We are in the home stretch…last Council Session. Because it is a heavy, heavy agenda… we are starting earlier this morning.

After recognition of all those Memorial and Tribute resolutions (honoring the life and work of outstanding individuals) (they are not read but a moment held)…the election results for Executive Directors were announced. Executive Board Members elected were Sara Kelly Johns, James G. “Jim” Neal. Congrats to both!

Reports following. All passed with no problem…

Next Resolution: Membership Dues Proposal (from Executive Board)…

“Beginning in September 2013 and continuing annually through September 2017, personal member dues will be reviewed by the ALA Executive Board, which may approve a dues adjustment not to exceed the percentage change in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year, rounded to the nearest dollar. Any increase beyond the above provision proposed by the Executive Board will require approval by a vote of Council and a mail vote of ALA personal members.

This provision shall be formally evaluated by the Executive Board and Council in 2016 with input from ALA personal members. Any subsequent dues adjustment will require approval by a vote of the ALA Executive Board, Council and a mail vote of ALA personal members.”

Now.. debate… debate is including statements of support… but… still the idea of progressive due structure and worries about linking the membership dues to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) continues to come up.

The resolution passed…. now… the vote will come to YOU… watch your ballot. More information about this will come forward soon from me. I’ll try to post here.

Now… The resolution on Fossil Fuel: referred to BARC.

The Whistleblower resolution: referred to the Committee On Legislations and The Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Announcement of the petition candidates for Councilor at Large spots in the next election this spring.

Final tally for MW registration:

1075 6694 total (500 more than last year)
10731 total registrants

800 above Dallas 400 below San Diego.

On June 6th 3 – 4:30 CST — there will be an ALA Virtual Membership Meeting.

Meeting ADJOURNED! πŸ˜‰

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Whew… getting hot now!

So we have been discussing the Membership Proposal for an hour (seems like 15! πŸ˜‰

It’s finally over with the motion being referred to the Executive Committee to recraft the motion to include a evaluation process — This will be brought back to Council 3.

Now… on to Council 2 business …

Now hearing from the Council Orientation Committee… good tips for new Councilors. I was lucky as I had friends on Council that could advise me along the road during my first year.

Reports: FTR (The Freedom to Read Foundation) needs more members … please join as you are able.

10558 total registrants for ALA Midwinter – Seattle.

Announcements now. We are getting ready to transition to a Candidates forum.


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Council II Pt 1

Hi tweeps and peeps:

Starting Council 2 (if you want to see pics, you can friend me on Facebook to see)…

Good energy in the room — great bunch of people!

First off: Getting the Treasurer’s Report now (more info)

Midwinter is becoming more and more of a “conversation” and less “business meetings only.”

Next.. we are talking about he ALA Programmatic Priorities (which I will add in later)… Council passed the programmatic priorities.

Council has approved bylaws changes recommended have been passed to “clean up” the bylaws and making it more accessible to members.

Now… we are informally discussing the ALA Membership Dues increase…. biggest things… worried about following the CPI… and that the membership will not vote on every increase (but left to the Executive Board). I’ve posted this question on FB if anyone would like to respond quickly… I’ll go ahead and post so that you all can respond.


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ALA/APA Council Meeting

Getting reports from The Executive Director and Treasurer’s Report.

No further announcements.

Short and Sweet!

Susan J

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Good Morning! It’s Monday Morning from Seattle…

Well… at least I THINK it is. Wanted to report a quick minute on things done since last I blogged.

VERY well attended Council Forum at 8:30 local time last night. Council Forum is a place where folks/committees putting forth resolutions can get advice and sort of get the “feel” of whether their resolution (as presented) will pass a Council vote. It is a very informative time and one where Councilors can easily express their opinions. It lasts until usually 10 local time and then time for bed for some of us “old” folks! πŸ˜‰

Last night’s Council Forum included discussions on several proposals… two of the most highly discussed (and probably most controversal) were… the proposal to tie ALA Membership dues to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and a resolution to urge ALA to divest its portfolio from Fossil Fuel companies.

We’ll see the results today when these proposals are presented… As always, I will be blogging semi-live so that you can keep up-to-date with happenings. At least I’m hoping someone is reading these updates! πŸ˜‰


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After Lunch…

After a nice lunch with Tennessee Colleagues, I’m back at the Resolutions Table waiting for ALA resolutions to come in. Quiet afternoon so far… Next…. Vendor Meeting on behalf of my school…. and then the President’s Program from 3:30 – 5pm. Hoping that I’ll get a moment to visit the exhibits sometime during the conference….

Until later…


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