ALA Council III – Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Barbara Stripling, ALA President, presented Memorials and Tributes.  She read the following names for memorials: Eliza Dresang, Marilyn Lea Miller, Emily Stewart Boyce, Margaret Mary (Maggie) Kimmel, Birdie MacLennan, Nancy Garden, Esther Crawford, Crenetha Session Brunson, and Ernie DiMattia.  A tribute/testimonial was acknowledged for the 75th Anniversary of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Pat Wand, BARC Chair, presented the ALA Treasurer’s report on behalf of Mario Gonzalez, which was the report she presented at the earlier Council/Membership Information Session.  She shared ALA’s financial value proposition: to develop and deploy 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.  She also highlighted ALA’s programmatic priorities, its strategic initiatives, and the FY2015 Key Initiatives.  She also requested approval of the ALA FY2015 Budgetary Ceiling of $64,078,221. Council approved the FY2015 Budgetary Ceiling.  Council approved the FY2015 budgetary ceiling.

John Sandstrom, Chair of the Tellers Committee, announced the winners of the election of the Council Committee on Committees: Ann Crewdson, Karen E. Downing, Jim Kuhn, and Susan F. Gregory.  He also announced the winners of the election of Council Representatives to the Planning and Budget Assembly: at large – Loida A. Garcia-Febo, Matthew P. Ciszek, and Ismail Abdullahi; chapter – Stephanie Braunstein and Regina Greer Cooper.

Vivian Wynn, Chair of the Committee on Legislation, presented the Committee’s report.  She announced creation of the Federal Legislative Advocacy Group (FLAG), which will develop a cadre of library advocates in key congressional districts and states across the country who will respond quickly to urgent issues supporting ALA’s federal legislative and policy agenda.

Resolution on Digitization of U.S. Government Documents.
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:
1.   supports and encourages a national preservation plan for Federal Depository Library Program materials;
2.   encourages policies that promote digitization with a reasonable number of dispersed preserved copies of print FDLP materials;
3.   supports technologies that guarantee long-term, robust, verifiable, complete, accurate, authentic, preservable, and usable digital formats;
4.   works with the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the FDL community on developing procedures to authenticate and ingest digital and digitized content into FDsys from federal depository libraries and federal agencies; and
5.   supports the creation of a no-fee, searchable, online inventory of digital and digitized government materials with downloadable metadata.

Council approved the resolution.

Resolution Reaffirming Support for National Open Internet Policies and “Network Neutrality.”
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA)
1.  reaffirms its support for network neutrality and open Internet policies that enable access in the library, through remote access to library resources, or by other means;
2.  calls on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to codify network neutrality principles following its  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Docket Number 14-28; 
3.  encourages library supporters to become engaged in the FCC’s current Notice of a Proposed Rulemaking on network neutrality; and
4.  urges library supporters to advocate for the development of enforceable policies, whether in legislative proposals or regulatory proceedings, that ensure that the Internet remains an open platform for activities such as information exchange, intellectual discourse, civic engagement, creativity, innovation, and learning.
Council passed the resolution.

Doug Archer, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, presented the Committee’s report.  He asked Council to adopt revisions to fourteen Interpretations of the Bill of Rights in anticipation of publication of the 9th edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual.  Those were Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors; Access to Resources and Services in the School Library; Advocating for Intellectual Freedom; Challenged Resources; Diversity in Collection Development; Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards; Expurgation of Library Resources; Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries; Labeling and Rating Systems; Minors and Internet Activity; Prisoners’ Right to Read; Privacy; Restricted Access to Library Materials; and Universal Right to Free Expression.  A lengthy discussion ensued regarding a motion to refer back to IFC the Labeling and Rating system portion of the Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.  Concerns centered on this statement:  In addition, the inclusion of ratings on bibliographic records in library catalogs is a violation of the Library Bill of Rights.  The motion to refer failed.  Mr. Archer assured Council that the IFC members heard the concerns expressed and will discuss them as the work of the committee continues.  Council approved the revisions of all fourteen interpretations presented. 

Martin Garnar, Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics, presented the committee’s recommendation to adopt Copyright: An Interpretation of the Code of Ethics.  

Copyright: An Interpretation of the Code of Ethics (30 June 2014)Article IV of the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association states that librarians “respect intellectual property rights and advocate balance between the interests of information users and rights holders.”  Copyright is the aspect of intellectual property most pertinent for libraries.  Copyright, as established by the U.S. Constitution and the Copyright Act, is a system of rights granted by the law combined with limitations on those rights.
A shared purpose of copyright and libraries is to benefit the public through the creation and dissemination of information and creative works. In pursuit of this goal, copyright law should balance the public’s need to access and use informative and creative works and the interests of rights holders. Libraries have both the opportunity and the obligation to work towards that balance when they engage in activities such as acquiring information resources for their communities, curating and preserving cultural heritage, establishing services and programs to enhance access to information, and lending books or other resources.
Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to pass law “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” Copyright law incentivizes creation of writings, art, music, and other works by granting creators the right to control and profit from some uses of their work, while limiting those rights to ensure balance with others’ rights and interests.
Copyright law provides a copyright holder the rights to make copies of the work, create derivatives, distribute the work to the public, and perform or display the work in public.  Copyright law provides the public the right to make fair use of the copyrighted work, to use noncopyrightable aspects of the work, to sell or transfer a copy of the work (the “first sale doctrine”), and ultimately to have full use of the work when the copyright term expires.  Copyright law also provides numerous specific exceptions for libraries, archives, and nonprofit educational institutions. Depending on the nature of the institution, these exceptions may include the ability to make copies for users, preserve and replace copies of works, and perform or display works in the course of teaching.
 Libraries and their parent institutions have a responsibility to promote and maintain policies and procedures that are consistent with their ethical obligations, their institutional missions, and the law, including copyright law.  Such policies and procedures should respect both the rights of copyright holders and the rights of users of copyrighted works.
 Librarians are sources of copyright information for their user communities. Consequently, librarians should remain informed about copyright developments, particularly those that can limit or restrict the rights of users or libraries. Librarians should develop a solid understanding of the purpose of the law and knowledge of the details of the law relevant to the activities of the library, the ability to critically analyze circumstances relying on fair use or other limits to the rights of copyright holders, and the confidence to implement the law using good judgment. Librarians and library staff should be educated to recognize and observe copyright and its limits, to understand and act on their rights and those of their users, and to be ready to inform or properly refer users with questions pertaining to copyright.
Librarians have a proud history of advocating for the public interest. Copyright law should not expand the rights of copyright holders without sufficiently considering or benefiting the public interest. When the balance between rights holders and information users needs to be restored, librarians should engage with rights holders and legislators and advocate on behalf of their users and user rights.

Luis Herrera, Chair of the International Relations Committee, presented the IRC report.  He shared that nearly 600 librarians from 78 countries attended the 2014 Annual Conference.  He reported that the 81st IFLA World Library and Information Congress will take place in Lyon, France in August, where IFLA will release the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development.  He also announced that the 2016 IFLA conference will be held in Columbus, Ohio.  The Lyon Declaration is an advocacy document that will be used to positively influence the content of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda.  It has been drafted by IFLA and a number of strategic partners in the library and development communities.  It states that access to information supports development by empowering people in exercising their rights, making decisions, ensuring accountability, and measuring progress.  IRC voted in favor of ALA becoming a signatore, along with more than fifty other library associations and organizations around the world.  Council approved the following:  Resolved that the Council of the American Library Association directs that ALA become a signatore to the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development.

Keith Michael Fiels reported final grand total attendance was 18,626.

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ALA Council II – Monday, June 30, 2014

Bill Turner, Chair of the Policy Monitoring Committee, presented the report of the committee and asked Council to approve placing a previously approved policy change into the appropriate section of the ALA Policy Manual. This involved a Council resolution to improve member access to ALA unit governing information. Council approved the committee’s recommendation.

Barbara Stripling, President of ALA, recognized retiring Councilors and Executive Board members.

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

1.     Each chair of an ALA Committee or a Council Committee is responsible for submitting to the ALA Executive Director at least two times each year a substantive report on the committee’s work and accomplishments so that these reports can be made available to all interested ALA members.  Such reports may address, but not be limited to, matters such as accomplishments, planned activities, issues that affect the committee’s work and their implications for the future, interactions with other units within ALA, relationship of the committee’s work to the ALA strategic plan, current level of committee members’ involvement (more substantive than an attendance roll), committee self-check on its value and viability (update charge, discontinue committee, consolidate with another, change structure, other observations).

2.    A Membership Initiative Groups (MIG) is formed when a group of ALA members identifies a common concern or interest about librarianship which falls outside the delegated responsibility of a single division, roundtable, or unit, and wishes to establish a short-term, renewable mechanism to address this concern or interest. To establish a MIG, which must be approved by COO and reported to Council, a group must submit to the Committee on Organization a statement of purpose, at least one hundred signatures of ALA members in good standing, and the names and addresses of designated organizers.  Once established, a MIG may operate for three years at which point it may re-petition for another three- year term, or may request another place within the ALA structure by following the procedures for establishing that type of group, or may request the ALA COO to disband it.  The re-petitioning process can be renewed every three years.  If the re-petition process is not carried out when due, the MIG will be disbanded.

Council approved both recommendations.

Julius Jefferson, President of the Freedom to Read Foundation, highlighted several items from the FTRF report.  He provided updates on Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus and on Arce v Huppenthal.  He also reported on the Krug Fund, which was created and supported by donations made in memory of FTRF’s founding executive director, Judith Krug.  If funds projects and programs that assure that her passion to educate both librarians and the public about the First Amendment and the importance of defending the right to read and speak freely will continue far into the future. FTRF is partnering with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) to offer an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for LIS students around the country.  

Council next considered the following resolution:

Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia Government Budget Autonomy to Allow City Services, including Libraries, to Remain Open during a Federal Government Shutdown
Resolved, that the American Library Association urges Congress to grant the District of Columbia budget autonomy in order to prevent the unnecessary closing of city government facilities, including public libraries, in the event of a federal government shutdown.

Council approved the resolution.

Keith Michael Fiels announced the most current registration figures: 12,806 attendees and 5,588 vendors, for a total of 18,394.

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ALA Council I – Sunday, June 29, 2014

Before moving to the business at hand, Council watched a video greeting from Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC.  He briefly discussed efforts to modernize the E-rate program and his feeling that the FCC must do more to help libraries in the digital age.  He has circulated a draft order among his fellow FCC Commissioners.  This includes proposals to expand access to Wi-Fi funding, including a specific approach for allocating Wi-Fi support for libraries and for simplifying the application process.  Wheeler’s video greeting will be added to the ALA YouTube channel.

Courtney Young, Chair of the 2013-2014 Committee on Committees (and ALA President-Elect), presented the nominations for the 2014-2015 Council Committee on Committees election.  Four councilors are to be elected for one-year terms from the following candidates: Jennifer C. Boettcher, Ann Crewdson, Karen E. Downing, Nathan E. Flowers, Kimberly Anne Patton, Jim Kuhn, Susan F. Gregory, and Carey D. Hartman.

Courtney also presented the nominations for the 2014-2015 Planning and Budget Assembly Election.  Three Chapter Councilors and three Councilors-at-Large are to be elected from the following candidates: Chapter – Steve Dimoulas, Stephanie Braunstein, Michael L. Scott, and Regina Greer Cooper; At-Large – Loida A. Garcia-Febo, Sue Kamm, Edward L. Sanchez, Matthew P. Ciszek, Ismail Abdullahi, and Alys Jordan.

John Sandstrom, Chair of the Presidential Task Force on Electronic Communication for the ALA Council, reported on the work of the task force.  The immediate cause for the creation of the task force was the increasing level of confusion regarding the posting and distribution of Council documents. He presented the following action items to Council:

Item 1: Resolution approving guidelines for the Council Electronic List

Resolved that the Council of the American Library Association approve the following guidelines for the Council List

  1. The Council Secretary, or his/her designate, will manage the membership of the Council Electronic List.
  2. Full privileges (read and write) to the Council Electronic List are limited to current members of ALA Council, ALA and Council Committee Chairs, and to authorized ALA staff.  Read-only access by any other ALA Members who have access to the network is available through application to the Council Secretary or his/her designate.
  3. Councilors may only post from their subscribed email address(es).  Each Councilor is responsible for keeping his/her email address up-to-date with the Council Secretary or his/her designate.
  4. The Council Electronic List shall remain un-moderated.
  5. Councilors may communicate informally with each other on the Council list. The list may be used for official communications at times.  The Council list may be used for discussing issues and resolutions pertaining to the business of Council
  6. The Council Secretary, or his/her designate shall be responsible for the following activities related to the Council Electronic List:
    1. Updating e-mail addresses of current participants.
    2. Validating e-mail addresses of new subscribers.
    3. Responding to questions and referring inquiries as appropriate.
    4. Other duties as necessary based on growth and experience of the list.

Item 1 was approved.

Item 2: Resolution approving guidelines for the posting of Council Documents

Resolved that the Council of the American Library Association approves the following guidelines for Council Documents

  1. Council Documents will be posted to the Council area on ALA Connect as public documents.Document Naming Conventions:
    1.  The ALA Connect link will then be distributed to the Council List.
    2. Since Council documents are public documents, anyone who receives the link will be able to access the documents regardless of subscription status on ALA Connect.
  2. Document Naming Conventions
    1. Files will be located in the files section of the Council area on Connect.
    2. Council documents are named with the Council Document Number –The following information will appear in the upper right hand corner of on each Council document respectively, for example: 2013-2014 ALA CD#10-10.1–6/9/14-4:00pm (action)
    3. When a file is being moved to the ALA council page, the term “final” will be appended.
    4. Resolutions will use the same file naming convention.
    5. Each time a document changes, it will be re-posted to ALA Connect.

3.   The Council Secretary, or his/her designate, is responsible for the following activities related to Council Documents:

    1. Posting reports, resolutions and other documents to the Council section of ALA Connect as public documents.
    2. Maintaining an authoritative set of documents for use by Council in case either internet access or ALA Connect becomes unavailable during a Council meeting.
    3. Updating the status of documents to “final” or “approved” or “adopted “as appropriate.
    4. Posting these document files to the ALA Council Website.

Item 2 was approved.

Item 3 Resolution for the future review of these guidelines

Resolved that the Council of the American Library Association charges The Executive Director, as the Secretary of the Council, or his/her designate, to review these guidelines at a minimum of every three years or as needed and report to Council on their continued effectiveness.

Item 3 was approved.

Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director, reviewed Executive Board actions since the 2014 Midwinter Meeting.    Keith drew special attention to EB approval of an extra seat on the Endowment Fund Board; approval of the Lemony Snicket Award; and approval of an additional two years for the work of the Digital Content Working Group.  He also reported on the implementation of the 2014 ALA Midwinter meeting Council actions.  He highlighted the work of the Committee on Electronic Communication.  He also reviewed action on resolutions that Council passed at Midwinter.

Co-Chair Sari Feldman reported on the activities of the Digital Content & Libraries Working Group since the 2014 Midwinter meeting.  She highlighted the following points: Simon & Schuster announced greater availability of titles and the State of Connecticut announced a new statewide e-book platform.  She also reported that Erika Linke and Carolyn Anthony have been appointed as incoming DCWG co-chairs, replacing Sari Feldman and Robert Wolven who are stepping down after three years of service.


Council considered the following resolution:

Resolution in Support of Stable Funding for Air Force Libraries
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:  1. urges the United States Congress to direct the Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Air Force (USAF) to restore funding to Air Force Base and Command Libraries to FY2011 levels for staffing, materials, services and programs.  2. urges the Administration, DoD and USAF to develop responsible information and budget management strategies for Air Force Base and Command Libraries that aligns them with directly with appropriated funds, rather than through base operations, where library funding is vulnerable to additional local cuts.

 The resolution passed.

Keith Michael Fiels announced that total registration currently stands at 18,185.

Detailed documents are available on ALA Connect. 

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ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session – Sat., June 28, 2014

ALA President’s Report - Barbara Stripling

Barbara provided updates on the work being done on her presidential initiatives.  Barbara’s presidential theme was “Libraries Change Lives,” which she promoted by emphasizing the three areas of literacy, innovation, and community engagement.  In the area of literacy, she highlighted the work of the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group.  This group will continue for two more years.  Additionally, a new ALA director of literacy will enable ALA to connect and highlight ALA’s various literacy efforts.  Barbara reviewed her focus on the second area of innovation. She emphasized the two practices that are gaining momentum in libraries – makerspaces and hosting TED and TEDx talks.  Her third area of emphasis, community engagement, featured a project funded by the Gates Foundation and developed in collaboration with the Harwood Institute.  She also provided an overview of the Summit on the Future of Libraries and emphasized that its purpose was not to answer questions but to generate questions.  She announced that Miguel Figueroa has been named the Director of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.  She closed by highlighting the disturbing trend of cuts to school libraries and the importance of advocacy for school libraries.

ALA President-Elect’s Report - Courtney Young

Courtney highlighted her Career Development Facilitators program.

Executive Director’s Report - Keith Michael Fiels

Keith announced that ALA’s membership currently stands at 56,637, which is down about 500 from last year.  The decline comes primarily from smaller public libraries.  Individual membership numbers are staying relatively stable.  He also highlighted that the Center for the Future of Libraries will serve as a clearinghouse for thinking about what is around the curve and will monitor trends.  It also will develop training for library staff that will enable them to look ahead more strategically and will work to establish a more vibrant innovation space for ALA.

Endowment Trustees Report - Rod Hersberger, Senior Trustee

Rod reviewed the mission of the Endowment:  “…to protect and grow the investment resources so as to support current and future Association needs, including scholarships, awards and unique programs that build a strong future for the American Library Association and America’s libraries.”  He also cited examples of how the endowment proceeds are spent, including Spectrum Scholarships, Carnegie Medal Awards, Newbery/Caldecott Award Medals, conference speaker fees, and conference travel support for students.  He reported that the responsibility for the Margaret Edwards Trust will be assumed by the ALA Endowment.

Budget Analysis and Review Committee Report - Patricia Wand, Chair

Pat reported that committee members reviewed results of the survey of PBA members and developed recommended adjustments.  Those include:  the President-Elect and Treasurer will issue a joint message welcoming all PBA members to a PBA Connect group, which will act as a venue for ongoing conversation; schedule the traditional timeframe of 1.5 hours to conduct the session; the majority of the session should be devoted to planning-related issues; President-Elect and Treasurer may choose a theme-focused discussion item; i.e. “Future Direction of Publishing,” a current trend, a strategic initiative, etc.; PBA members will be strongly encouraged to attend the ALA Council/Membership/Information Session. This session will serve as an orientation and education function for PBA members; and all session related documents will be provided as early as possible, with the understanding that some documents are still being prepared leading up to the session.  She also reported that BARC considered a resolution referred by Council regarding a request to allow programs at ALA Midwinter Meeting.  BARC plans to continue its review of the resolution after input from the ALA Conference Committee and will report to Council on this topic at Midwinter Meetings 2015.  She shared that ALA’s three largest revenue sources in FY13 were publishing at $17.2 million (34.4%); meetings & conferences at $11.1 million (22.2%); and dues at $8.45 million (16.8%).

Treasurer’s Report - Patricia Wand, presented on behalf of Mario Gonzalez

Pat presented the ALA Programmatic Priorities, which are aligned with the FY15 budget:  advocacy for libraries and the profession; diversity; equitable access to information and library services; education and lifelong learning; literacy; organizational excellence; intellectual freedom; and transforming libraries.  She also presented FY15 Key Initiatives:  invest $250,000 in technology initiatives; implement new e-commerce site; consolidate ALA’s online continuing education offerings with new ALA e-learning commons; implement next generation Engage social networking platform for ALA Chapters; undertake joint ALA/Division initiative to recruit and retain members; establish ALA Center for the Future of Libraries; and continue redesign of Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.

Detailed reports are available on ALA Connect.

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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  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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