ALA Midwinter 2013 – Tuesday, Jan. 29 – Council Session III

Barbara Stripling, President of ALA, presented Memorials and Tributes.  Memorials for Augusta “Gussie” Clark, Major Owens, Nasser Sharify, and Bohdan Stephan Wynar  were acknowledged, as were Tributes in honor of  Giovanni’s Room Bookstore and Owner Ed Hermance and Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV.

John Sandstrom, Chair of the Tellers, reported on the results of the Executive Board election.  With 138 ballots cast, Peter Hepburn, Gina Persichini, Gail Schlachter, and Mike Marlin were elected.

J. Douglas Archer, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, presented the Committee’s report.  He highlighted several items from his written report.  The IFC  is revising the Intellectual Freedom manual and will release the 9th edition soon. Additionally, a revised privacy toolkit will be available on the web by March 1.  The IFC has added 3 members from the Committee on Legislation to the IFC privacy group so that the two committees can work more closely together.  A new ALA award has been planned- the Lem0ny Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.  Additionally, he announced that Banned Books Week 2014 will take place September 22-28, and Choose Privacy Week will take place May 1-7, 2014.

He presented a Resolution on Expanding Federal Whistleblower Protections.

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA) on behalf of its members:
  1. urges Congress to amend the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 to extend existing legal protections for whistleblowers to employees of all national security and intelligence agencies, and to non-federal employees working for civilian contractors; 
  2. urges Congress to establish a secure procedure by which all federal employees, and all non-federal employees working for civilian contractors, may safely share evidence they have discovered of fraud, waste, or abuse with the appropriate oversight committees of Congress, and directly with the press and the American people, with the protection of legally enforceable rights against retaliation or prosecution; 
  3. commends the courage and perseverance of federal employees, and non-federal employees working for civilian contractors, who risk their livelihoods, their reputations and their liberty to expose evidence of government fraud, waste, or abuse.

Council approved the resolution.

Vivian Wynn, Chair of the Committee on Legislation, presented the Committee’s report. 

She presented a Resolution on Curbing Government Surveillance and Restoring Civil Liberties.

Resolved, that the American Library Association
  1. calls upon Congress to pass legislation supporting the reforms embodied in H.R. 3361/S. 1599 as introduced, and upon the President to sign such legislation; and
  2. commends Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman James Sensenbrenner for sponsoring the USA FREEDOM Act, the 143 legislators in the Senate and the House who have co-sponsored it, and the 85 organizations that have endorsed it, as of January 27, 2014.

Council first approved item 1 of the resolution and next approved item 2.

Vivian next presented a Resolution on Maintaining Government Websites During a Government Shutdown.

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA):
  1. urges the President to direct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of Justice (DoJ) to develop guidance to federal agencies stating that, in the event of a government shutdown or other emergency, continued access by the public to essential information on agency websites is an “excepted” activity that would warrant the retention of paid personnel or the obligation of funds to assure access; 
  2. urges the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in the absence of such a guideline, to direct each agency to communicate the status during a shutdown of its website to the Government Printing Office (GPO) or another appropriate agency, which would widely communicate and update information about which agencies are maintaining their websites, which are updating them and which are closing them; 
  3. urges OMB to require each agency to determine what information is essential and should be available if a government shutdown or emergency should occur. For such an occurrence, develop a contingency plan for continued public access to information; 
  4. urges OMB to direct agencies to work with GPO in hosting their online publications and data in the Federal Digital System (FDSys) or other publicly accessible means; 
  5. urges GPO to expand its automated harvesting of Federal agencies’ websites and to redirect persistent uniform resource locators (PURLs) to GPO-harvested copies rather than agency websites; and 
  6. urges that GPO or another appropriate agency be directed to maintain a clearinghouse of web pages that provide alternate ways of accessing government information.

Council approved the resolution with the addition of the word “paid” in the first resolved clause.

Vivian addressed the issue of net neutrality and stated that the COL is planning to allow some time to pass before determining a course of action.  The court decision was announced

Vivian closed her report by acknowledging that 2014 will be the 40th anniversary of the National Library Legislative Day.  NLLD will be held May 5-6 in Washington, D.C.

Eric Suess, ALA Awards Committee Member, presented a request from the committee for approval of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, a $3,000 award to the honoree with up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses and $1,000 for administrative costs.  The description is:

It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing. It is Mr. Snicket’s hope, and the ALA’s, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.

Council approved establishing the prize.

Barbara Stripling called attention to written reports submitted by the Committee on Professional Ethics and the International Relations Committee.

Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director of ALA, announced that Midwinter attendance totaled 12,207.

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ALA Midwinter 2013 – Monday, Jan. 28 – Council Session II

Mario Gonzalez, ALA Treasurer, presented the FY2015 programmatic priorities that are in line with the 2015 ALA strategic plan.  They are also a guide in the preparation of the FY2015 budget.  Council endorsed the following:

• Diversity
• Equitable Access to Information and Library Services
• Education and Lifelong Learning
• Intellectual Freedom
• Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession
• Literacy
• Organizational Excellence
• Transforming Libraries

Bill Turner, Chair of the Policy Monitoring Committee, presented his report.  Based on a review of Council actions at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, the Committee found one item that required Council action – the resolution on Prayer in ALA Meetings.  The Committee moved to remove secondary phrasing from the resolution.  The original version was stated as:  “The American Library Association, as a secular institution in a country that is increasingly diverse religiously, refrains from having public prayers during its meetings.  Moments of silence may be observed during meetings.”  The recommended revision was stated as:  “The American Library Association refrains from having public prayers during its meetings.  Moments of silence may be observed during meetings.”  Council approved the revised wording.

Julius Jefferson, Jr., Chair of the Freedom to Read Foundation, presented his report.  He highlighted three items from his report.  He first reviewed the status of the situation regarding the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program.  The program was closed after the State Superintendent of Instruction issued a notice stating that the program was in violation of AZ Revised Statute.  Students filed in the program filed suit in federal district court.  That court subsequently dismissed a free association claim but did address the students’ remaining First Amendment claims.  The court determined that only one provision was unconstitutional and upheld the remaining provisions of the statute.  The students have appealed the court’s decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  FTRF filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the student plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights and also argues that the AZ statute is unconstitutional due to its overly broad approach.  More information on the case is available at www.ftrf.org/?Arce_v_Huppenthal.  He also reported on the growing movement to require K-12 teachers and librarians to “red flag” books for “problematic” content.  Finally, he shared that the FTRF Trustees approved two action items that were designed to regularize the Foundation’s use of interest income from its endowment.  He also encouraged all in attendance to join the FTRF for the cost of $35.00+ for personal members and $100.00+ for organizations.  

Council considered the following Resolution to Improve Member Access to ALA Unit Governing Information, which was a revised version.

Resolved, the American Library Association (ALA) 
1. Adjust policy to include, “the governing bodies of ALA Divisions and Round Tables shall make drafts of their meeting minutes or other reports of actions taken available via the unit’s ALA-hosted web page within 30 days of the meeting;”
2. Adjust policy to include, “the governing bodies of ALA Divisions and Round Tables shall make final versions of meeting minutes or other reports of actions taken available via the unit’s ALA-hosted web page within 30 days of their approval;”
3. Require governing bodies to maintain an easily-available historical record of these meetings and action reports; and
4. Exempt sub-units of the divisions and sub-units of round tables from the policy.

Council approved the resolution.

Council next considered a Resolution on Whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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.

After much discussion, Council did not approve the resolution.

Council referred a resolution to allow programs at ALA Midwinter Meetings to the Budget Analysis and Review Committee because of the financial implications of the proposal.

Council next approved adding an agenda item, a discussion of the status of a resolution on the digitization of U.S. government documents.  This resolution was referred to the Committee on Legislation at the 2013 Annual Conference with a request to report back to Council at the 2014 Midwinter Conference.  COL  did  not do so.  Council approved a motion that COL report back at the 2014 Annual Conference on the resolution on digitization of U.S. government documents.

Maureen Sullivan, Immediate Past President, presented a nomination for honorary membership in ALA – Patricia Glass Schuman.  Council approved the membership.

Keith Michael Fiels announced a current total registration of 12,189 at the 2014 Midwinter Conference.

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ALA Midwinter 2014 — Sunday, Jan. 26 — ALA-APA Council Meeting

Mario Gonzalez, ALA-APA Treasurer, presented his report.  He reviewed the mission of the ALA-APA. It provides national certification for library workers via the Certified Public Library Administrator Program and the Library Support Staff Certification Program.  It also advocates for salaries and training for library workers and it provides reports and analyses via salary surveys.  At the end of 2013, revenues were down just over $31,000 from 2012, and expenses were down $3,199 over 2012.   Additionally ALA-APA made an interest payment of $6,300 to help pay off the loan from ALA.

Keith Michael Fiels, ALA-APA Executive Director, introduced Lorelle Swader, ALA-APA Director, who made a brief report on recent ALA-APA office activities.  The Certified Public Library Administrator program currently has 112 active candidates and 75 graduates. Graduates of the program will be eligible to receive credits toward re-certification for attending the 2014 PLA National Conference in Indianapolis.  The Library Support Staff Certification  (LSSC) program currently has 373 active candidates and 75 graduates.  The Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Library Association Board have approved the LSSC Program as meeting requirements of the Oklahoma Public Librarian Certification Program at the highest level.  Oklahoma LSSC candidates who complete LSSC approved courses will receive credit toward Oklahoma certification.  The ALA-APA salary survey normally is published in even-numbered years and the newest edition was scheduled for publication in 2014.  Publication has been put on hold due to budgetary constraints within the overall ALA budget. Tuesday, April 15 will be National Library Workers Day. Libraries will have an opportunity to nominate a library worker star.  The Salaries and Status of Library Workers committee has updated the Pay Equity Bibliography.  It is a resource aimed at helping librarians and library workers understand what they are worth and then use the information to advocate for better pay in an effort to close the wage gap. 

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ALA Midwinter 2014 ALA Council I – Sunday, Jan. 26

Courtney Young, Chair of the 2013-2014 Committee on Committees (and ALA President-Elect), presented the 2014 nominations for election to the ALA Executive Board.  Two councilors are to be elected for three-year terms from the following candidates:  Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California; Gina Persichini, Networking Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Boise, Idaho; Alexandra Rivera, Student Enrichment & Community Outreach Librarian, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Gail Schlachter, President, Reference Service Press, El Dorado Hills, California; Aaron Dobbs, Systems & Electronic Resources Librarian, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; Mike Marlin, Director, Braille and Talking Book Library, California State Library, Sacramento, California.

Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director, reviewed Executive Board actions since the 2013 Annual Meeting.  Major actions included authorizing the use of a statement on ALA conference conduct, which is in accordance with existing ALA policy and existing legal frameworks, for use in conjunction with ALA conferences; upholding the Committee on Accreditation’s decision to withdraw accreditation from the MLS program at Southern Connecticut State University; and approving the continuation of a 10% voluntary salary reduction for the Executive Director and Senior Associate Executive Director for fiscal year 2014 with the proviso that these reductions will be restored if there is a positive year-end financial outcome and that no salary reductions will be included in the fiscal year 2015 budget.  The text of the Statement on ALA Conference Conduct is available at http://alamw14.ala.org/statement-of-appropriate-conduct.  Keith also reported on the implementation of ALA Council actions taken at the 2013 Annual Conference.

Sari Feldman and Robert Wolven, Co-Chairs of the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, presented a brief update on the work of the group and on future directions.  Key activities included an ALA leadership visit to New York and an ALA Virtual Town Hall Meeting.  One of the largest challenges regarding the Big Five publishers remains pricing, which the members of the Working Group continue to believe is too high.  Now in its third year, the Working Group is re-examining priorities and identifying other topics over which the group may be able to have some influence.  Streaming video particularly comes to mind.

Council next considered the following Resolution on Electronic Communications for ALA Council:

Resolved, that
(1) The ALA President shall appoint a task force of the Council to work with ALA HQ staff to
a. Examine and revise as needed the guidelines for the Council email lists and electronic communications,
b. Determine when various Council Documents should be available to the membership-at-large and the public-at-large,
c. Determine what options are available for sharing Council Documents and what are the capabilities, requirements, and consequences of each option,
d. Make recommendations to Council regarding which option(s) should be adopted,
e. Determine a schedule for re-examining these issues.
(2) The task force shall prepare an interim report for Annual 2014
(3) The task force shall prepare a final report and recommendations for Midwinter 2015.

Council approved the resolution.

 Council next considered the Resolution to Improve Member Access to ALA Unit Governing Information:

Resolved, the American Library Association (ALA) shall change Policy A.7.4 to included, All governing bodies of ALA Divisions and Roundtables link their meeting minutes from the unit’s ALA-hosted web page within 30 days of approval of the minutes.

Council approved postponing discussion to the second session of Council.

The Resolution on Whistleblower Edward Snowden was referred by the mover and seconder to the second session of Council.

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ALA 2014 Midwinter Conference – ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session – Saturday, January 25

ALA President’s Report - Barbara Stripling

Barbara updated the audience on the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.  Signatures have been gathered at 26 state conferences and book festivals, at libraries across the country, and at national and international events.  The signed Declarations will be presented at a ceremony during Legislative Day in May.  She also highlighted the Summit on the Future of Libraries, a national invitational summit will be held in May 2014 in Washington, D.C.  She reported that ALA is developing a multi-faceted school library advocacy campaign to address the national crisis in school libraries.  

ALA President-Elect’s Report - Courtney Young

Courtney presented brief updates on her activities.  Her presidential focus will be on supporting initiatives and projects that are already underway.

Budget Analysis and Review Committee Report - Patricia Wand, Chair

Pat reported on FY2014 adjustments and on FY2014 first quarter results.    Three month highlights included: total ALA revenue is less than budget by $1.7 million; total ALA expenses is less than budget by $1.7 million; cash and investments were more than last year by $1.3 million; and the endowment fund was more than last year by $4.6 million.  She also encouraged attendees to visit the ALA website for additional financial information and for online learning opportunities related to finances and budgeting.

Treasurer’s Report - Mario Gonzalez

Mario reviewed the 2013 audited financial results.  He reported that revenue in 2013 increased over 2012 in publishing,  grants/awards and miscellaneous for a 1.2% increase in ALA total revenues.  Total assets stand at nearly $75.4 million and total liabilities stand at almost $44.7 million.  

Endowment Trustees Report - Rod Hersberger, Senior Trustee

Rod reported that the value of the endowment for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2013 was $37,288,932, which is an improvement of $14,000,000 or 61% from the recessionary low of $23,421,000 in 2008.  He also reported that 2013 was a banner year for equities in the U.S. and Western Europe.  He also identified market factors that could/will impact 2014:  the start and degree of Federal Reserve tapering; liquidity provision by other world central banks; the pace of economic recovery in the U.S.; the threat of declining inflation rates worldwide; election results in emerging markets; the impact of implementing China’s economic overhaul; and the question of a recovery in commodities.

Nominating Committee Report - Andrew Pace, Committee Member

Andrew reported that the committee, for the first time in some years, considered sitting councilors (those with terms ending in 2014) for a spot on the official slate.  He also reviewed the disappointment that the committee members felt in the low numbers of responses received from divisions and roundtables.  He also introduced the candidates for ALA President-elect: Maggie Farrell and Sari Feldman.

Executive Director’s Report - Keith Michael Fiels reviewed registration and attendance figures for the conference.

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ALA Council III – Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Maureen Sullivan, ALA President, presented Memorials and Tributes.  She read the following names for memorials: Brooke E. Sheldon, Lillian Miles Lewis, Jack C. Gerts, II, Herb Davis, Carolyn Forsman, Russell Shank, Connie Van Fleet, Jacqueline Mancall, Eva Efron, Ed Johnson, Margaret “Peg” Hallisey, Robert O. Ellett, Jr., and Fredrick McKissack.  Tributes and testimonials were acknowledged for the 40th Anniversary of the Chinese American Librarians Association, for Abba Alhadi, who preserved, protected and saved 28,000 of the 30,000 manuscripts that date back to the 13th century from burning in Timbuktu, Mali; and the 15th Anniversary of the Spectrum Scholarship Program.

Jim Neal, ALA Treasurer, presented the report he presented at the earlier Council/Membership Information Session.  He shared a snapshot of the  ALA budget as of the end of May and highlighted the projected deficit of $1.9 million.  He reported on budget adjustments including a delay to the budgeted 1% adjustment to base salary for staff and a continuation  of not filling vacant positions (33 since 2008).  Jim reported that the ALA must focus the budget on developing and deploying “the financial resources that support the strategic plan and delivery of programs that are responsive to member needs and support the improvement of library service.”  He requested approval of the ALA FY2014 Budgetary Ceiling of $63,944,617. Council approved the FY2014 Budgetary Ceiling.

Jim continued his report by listing sixteen points important for the future of the association.  He believes that ALA must:

1. implement budget reductions more strategically and less opportunistically

2. align resources with its vision, mission and strategic plan

3. refresh thinking about the relationships between ALA and its divisions

4. stop relying on revenue generated by its traditional business 

5. improve organizational productivity

6. move to more program and project based budgeting processes

7. understand that a robust investment strategy is essential

8. move to more e-participation

9. generate and launch new initiatives in manageable fashion

10. focus on membership retention and recruitment

11. develop business plans grounded in research, analysis, and assessment

12. identify trends

13. maintain a commitment to rigorous financial controls

14. advance a program of ALA staff compensation increases

15. always present the fiscal truth to members

16. focus on member value and member engagement

 Marianne Fues, Chair of the Tellers Committee, announced the winners of the election of the Council Committee on Committees: Roberta Carlos Delgadillo, John C. DeSantis, and Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.  She also announced the winners of the election of Council Representatives to the Planning and Budget Assembly: at large – Nicolas H. Buron, Sue Polanka, and Karen G. Schneider; chapter – Hadi S. Dudley, Pam Hickson-Stevenson, and Elena Rosenfeld.

Vivan Wynn, Chair of the Committee on Legislation, presented the Committee’s report. She presented the first part of the report in partnership with Pat Scales, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee.  Pat moved that the Whistleblowers resolutions that were referred to COL and IFC be replaced by CD#19.2 and CD#20.4.

Resolution on the Need for Reforms for the Intelligence Community to Support Privacy, Open Government, Government Transparency, and Accountability.
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA):
1. Reaffirms its unwavering support for the fundamental principles that are the foundation of our free and democratic society, including a system of public accountability, government transparency, and oversight that supports peoples right to know about and participate in our government;
2. In light of present revelations related to NSA’s surveillance activities conducted pursuant to orders issued by the Foreign Intelligent Surveillance Court (FISC) under Sections 215 and 702 of the USA PATRIOT Act the American Library Association calls upon the U.S. Congress, President Obama, and the Courts to reform our nation’s climate of secrecy, overclassification, and secret law regarding national security and surveillance, to align with these democratic principles;
3. Urges the U.S. Congress and President Obama to provide authentic protections that prevent government intimidation and criminal prosecution of government employees and private contractors who make lawful disclosures of wrong doing in the intelligence community;
4. Calls upon the public to engage in and our members to lead public dialogues discussing the right to privacy, open government and balancing civil liberties and national security;
5. Encourages the public to support bills and other proposals that both secure and protect our rights to privacy, free expression and free association and promote a more open, transparent government and be further resolved, that
6. Expresses its thanks and appreciation to the members of Congress who work to protect our privacy and civil liberties

A motion to amend the resolution by striking the word “lawful” from #3 passed.  Council passed the resolution as amended.

Resolution Urging Congress to Designate the Government Printing Office as the Lead Agency to Manage the Lifecycle of Digital United States Government Information
Resolved that the American Library Association (ALA):
 1. urges Congress to designate the Government Printing Office the lead agency to develop a United States federal government-wide strategy for managing the lifecycle of digital government publications, documents, information, and web sites;
 2. urges Congress to authorize the Government Printing Office to develop and administer standards and procedures for the United States federal government which include rules for dismantling sites and archiving web content, including the preservation of all pertinent data protocols, documentation, and software programs for evaluating and manipulating the content for permanent public access;
3. urges Congress require that the Government Printing Office consult with the United States federal publishing agencies, the National Libraries, and professional library and archiving groups in the development of these standards and procedures;  
 4. urges Congress provide the Government Printing Office sufficient funding to handle the archiving of web content, to perform its duties on an ongoing basis and additional funding as necessary to fully assist agencies when they are forced to decommission a web site. 

Council passed resolution.

Pat Scales, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, presented the Committee’s report.  She called attention to the redesign of the IF newsletter and the plans to transform it into a journal with peer-reviewed articles.  She also presented a resolution.

Resolution Supporting Librarians Sued for Doing Their Professional Duty
Resolved, that the American Library Association
Most strongly urges publishers to refrain from actions such as filing libel suits when in disagreement with librarians who have publicly shared their professional opinions and instead to rely upon the free exchange of views in the marketplace of ideas to defend their interests as publishers.

Council passed the resolution.

Council next considered the Resolution to Decrease Printing for Council Meetings.  
Resolved, that the American Library Association, on behalf of its members:
1)    Requests that the ALA Executive Director develop and implement an opt-in program for Councilors to elect to receive electronic-only Council documents and reduce the number of regularly printed copies of documents.

Keith Michael Fiels reported final total attendance was 26,362.

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ALA Council II – Monday, July 1, 2013

Jim Rettig, Chair of the Committee on Organization, presented the report of the committee and asked Council to approve two action items.

Council approved changing the size and composition of the Scholarships and Study Grants Committee to seven members, including the committee’s chair, all to be appointed by the ALA president-elect.  Council also approved retiring the current Committee Information update form, to be replaced by a semi-annual report by each ALA committee and each Council committee that addresses, among other topics, accomplishments and planned activities.

Erlene Bishop Killeen, Chair of the Policy Monitoring Committee, presented the report of the committee and asked Council to approve placing previously approved policy changes into the appropriate sections of the ALA Policy Manual.  Council approved each of the committee’s recommendations.

Carlen Ruschoff, Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, presented the report of the committee and asked Council to approve the application for affiliate status from the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA).  She also presented two editorial changes to the Bylaws.  Council approved each of the committee’s recommendations.

Nancy Bolt, Chair of the International Relations Committee, presented the report of the committee.  She announced that nearly 600 international librarians/visitors from 80 countries are attending the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  She also reported on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaty for Improved Access for People Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, and with Other Print Disabilities. She quoted Carrie Russell, ALA’s representative to WIPO.  “By passing what is an exception to copyright, WIPO demonstrated that there is international support for balance in copyright law.  We applaud the world delegates for approving a treaty that makes it possible for every visually impaired person around the world to have fair access to reading materials.”

She also reported that ALA member Donna Scheeder from the Library Congress was elected President-elect of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).  Scheeder will be the first IFLA president since 1997 and only the third U.S. president in IFLA’s 85-year history.

Candace Morgan, President of the Freedom to Read Foundation, presented the Foundation’s report.  She asked Councilors to assist in the promotion of the Foundation.

Council next considered the following resolution:

Resolution on Prayer in ALA Meetings
Resolved, that the American Library Association adopt as policy the following statement:
The American Library Association, as a secular institution in a country that is increasingly diverse religiously, refrains from having public prayers during its meetings.  Moments of silence may be observed during meetings.

Council approved the resolution.

Council next considered the Resolution in Support of Whistleblower Bradley Manning.  A motion was made to refer the resolution to the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee.  The motion to refer was approved.

Council next considered the Resolution on Library Service in a Community in a Disaster.

Resolved that the American Library Association on behalf of its members:
1. Acknowledges that many libraries across the country have provided library and emergency services in disasters including storms, fires, earthquakes and floods and applauds those actions;
2. Recognizes the significant contributions of libraries and library staff who have provided effective emergency response/recovery services, and responded to the needs of their communities following hurricanes Sandy and Irene in ways that go above and beyond the regular call of duty;
3. Sends a letter  acknowledging the work and contributions of libraries and library staff to the State Chapters in the affected states to be passed on to the appropriate parties and ensure that such a letter is sent whenever libraries lead community recovery.

The resolution passed.

Council next considered the Resolution on Divestment of Holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies.

Resolved that the American Library Association, on behalf of its members, begin divesting in the fossil fuel industry by excluding our three holdings in the “Filthy Fifteen” named in the Endowment Trustees’ Information Report to BARC that have “little or no significant negative impact” in the short term on ALA.

After lengthy comments, the resolution was defeated.

Council next considered a motion to move Council Document #39 to be reconsidered and referred to the Intellectual Freedom Committee and Committee on Legislation.  This document was the Resolution in Support of Whistleblower Edward Snowden.  The motion was approved.

Keith Michael Fiels announced the most current registration figures: 14,466 attendees and 5,864 vendors, for a total of 20,330.

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