Housekeeping issues began the morning. Due to the announcement of the Media Awards, the ALA.Org website was down so accessing documents was a little iffy. http://www.ala.org/aboutala/council-documents-midwinter-2014
New Business: A resolution to make sure reporting bodies report out within 30 days in order for transparency.
Edward Snowden Whistleblower Resolution: This has, in the past, been a very, very volatile issue. Whereas, most ALA folks want to protect whistleblowers, the Edward Snowden issue has been polarizing. Discussion continues. Some feel we must name Snowden in this resolution. Some feel that we have made a statement. Snowden, himself, has urged to look at the issue and not lionize the person. I agree (if we are to move forward on this issue). Not naming Snowden in the resolution seems to be the most palatable to the ALA Councilors. We have already passed a whistleblowing resolution in Chicago at the last Annual meeting. Just to let you know… I don’t stand up and speak a lot at Council Sessions. I have but… I choose to listen. I don’t speak a lot… Not because I’m shy but because unless I can add something unique to the conversation, I won’t just restate what others have said or continue to bring up. Just a personal aside. Here’s the resolved clause:
“Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA) recognizes Edward Snowden, as a whistleblower who, in releasing information that documents the mass surveillance programs of the National Security Agency, has performed a valuable service in launching a dialogue about transparency, government surveillance, and overclassification.”
The resolution fails: It still is a divisive issue…. wow!
Other housekeeping issues…. and now we are done…
Announcements: FYI: 8398 registrants 3796 exhibitors for 12189 Total attendees.
Now on to Executive Board Candidates forum,…. More later!
Here is a description of ALA APA http://ala-apa.org/ Councilors for ALA are also councilors for ALA APA. Here’s the agenda: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governance/council/council_documents/2014_mw_council_documents/APA_%20Agenda%20%28cd%231%29.pdf My understanding why we have the separate entity is to provide another structure for us to advocate… ALA (as a 5013c non profit cannot do that).
This meeting began early because of Council 1 ending earlier. After an outline of policies, procedures, etc… the reports begin. ALA APA owes money to the parent organization ALA. Looks like APA will be moving toward more inclusion in the parent ALA. Not there yet…
Sorry for the delay but… the wifi was not working this morning. 😉 Ahhhh technology! We actually voted for councilors to allow to opt out of paper copies and then the wifi goes down! HA! Some folks are still not connected. This must get worked out if we are trying to go more paperless. It has always bothered me to see realms and realms of paper printed… only to be mostly recycled or thrown away.
This morning’s meeting began with stating rules and procedures, recognition of esteemed guests (including the presidents elect), announcing nominees for the Executive Board of ALA… and the normal housekeeping duties to begin our session …
Reports were also given from Keith Michael Fiels, the Executive Director of ALA, re: actions from the Executive Board in the interim between conferences and an update regarding the implementation of the 2013 Council Actions.
Once again, these will just be my reflections… all Council Documents in their entirety can we found here: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/council-documents-midwinter-2014 Please see the agenda for Council 1 and coordinating documents at the link above.
ALA Council voted on establishing a communications task force to establish the best way (and venue) to post council documents.
The next resolution… to make sure all units report in a timely manner and be put in a place where members can access the information. Voted to Postponed until Council II
5583 advanced registrants
501 onsite registrants
11854 Total attendees
That’s all until the next meeting… in just a few minutes
All members of ALA are welcome to come to this meeting… but mostly it is a collection of ALA Councilors and ALA staff. Wish more members would come to hear at least a little about the assoiciation. We need to figure out some way that we can engage members more in this meeting. WARNING: These meetings are FILLED with report after report therefore my report on this meeting will be short. The reason for this is many of them are indepth budget reporting (which, I mean, let’s face it, can be a real snooze fest!)… So… for any council documents I report, you may read the full report at: Council Documents can be found here: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/council-documents-midwinter-2014 I’m not going to have but a sentence or two to sum it up.
Kicking off the ALA Council “season” at the ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Meeting. Starting off with the President of ALA’s report … the biggest news is the Gates Foundation Grant… and also upcoming plans for the reimagining of ALA… more information coming soon.
President Elect’s Report (Courtney Young): Courtney’s report is to build in sustainability through Stripling to Young’s presidency. Courtney announces that she will be working on guiding the association through some of the major presidential initiatives that have been started in the past (i.e. Declaration of the Right to Libraries and Advocacy, etc).
ALA Executive Director’s Report: Keith Michael Fiels:
Appropriation Increase — 7 million dollar increase. Great news for the association!
Senate has sent out a committee version requiring an appropriate library resources for support.
Gates Foundation monies — in conjunction with Kitchen Table Conversations —
Why ALA brouchures
Working on a digital repository for ALA documents
RDA is ahead of projections
Renewal rate exceeded 100% — Laughter ensued
BARC (Budget Review and Analysis Committee): We are a healthy organization. Due to the expert staff and others to align resources strategically. See budget document on the ALA Midwinter link above (report #33)
Treasurer’s Report: Revenues increased…. grants, gifts, publishing — decreased numbers of ALA members… See Council Document on the ALA Midwinter link above — Assets rose… liabilities decreased.
Trustees Report: See Report — Discussion of endowments and planning. And Future? Hmmmm… speculative at best! 😉
There were 5583 Advanced registrants, 102 on site and x exhibit only = 7597 total
Exhibiters = 3664 for a total of 11261 total at ALA as of today.
Good Morning NMRT Peeps! Susan Jennings here again… your Councilor for another year — I’ll be blogging the Midwinter conference once again. Please feel free to email me or comment if you have any questions or comments. Also, friend me on Facebook and I may post current discussions from the council floor to get your opinion so I may express your opinion.
Thanks for all that you do!