ALA Council I — Sunday am

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!

More later…
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)…

Registration: 14341 registrants 5815 exhibitors… 20156 total

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!

Susan J


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