ALA Council III

Council acknowledged Memorial tributes for the following individuals: Frank L. Turner, Spencer Shaw, Marion W. Francis, Burton A. Joseph, Lillian LaVerne Lewis, Marilee Foglesong, Patricia A. Morris, Lillian Moore Bradshaw, Suzanne J. LeBarron, and Grace-Ellen McCrann.  Council also acknowledged the following tributes and testimonials:  50th anniversary of the Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA); 30th anniversary of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA); and the 30th anniversary of the Map and Geography Round Table.

Suzanne Sager, Chair of the ALA Tellers, reported the election results for the ALA Council Committee on Committees and the Planning and Budget Assembly.  Irene Briggs, Wei Jeng-Chu, Trevor Dawes, and Rhonda K. Puntney were elected to the Council Committee on Committees.  Dora T. Ho, Annalisa R. Crews, Jose Aponte, Rodney Lippard, and Gina A. Persichini were elected to the Planning and Budget Assembly.

Tom Wilding, Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, presented his report and recommended to Council the approval of a change to the Constitution that would expand the number of trustees on the Endowment board to up to six appointed trustees.  He also presented recommendations to make changes to the structure of an overly complex paragraph to make it more understandable.  Council approved all recommendations.

Martin Garner, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, presented the IFC report.  He announced the newly revised and updated eighth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual.  A website to supplement and update the print edition of the Manual is available at www.ifmanual.org.  The Manual may be purchased online at www.alastore.ala.org, by searching for Intellectual Freedom Manual.  Martin also reported that the committee, with the assistance of 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders, revised the Libraries & the Internet Toolkit: Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet.  The final version of the document is available at www.ifmanual.org/litoolkit.  Choose Privacy Week will be held May1-7, 2011.  Banned Books Week will be held September 25 through October 2, 2010.  Martin presented an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, titled Prisoners’ Right to Read, which the IFC recommends be adopted as a revision to policy. Council approved the interpretation.

Mario Ascensio, Chair of the Committee on Legislation, presented six action items for the consideration of Council.  A

Resolved, That the American Library Association:
Urges Congress to commit a minimum of $100 million designated specifically for school libraries in FY2011 and beyond to the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program to establish a population-based state grant program that provides students in every state the opportunity to increase reading achievement and master 21st century skills.

Council approved.

Resolved, That the American Library Association:
Conveys to the President, the Secretary of Education, and the Congress of the United States the urgent need to require that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) have a requirement that every public school have a library staffed by a state-certified school librarian.

Council approved.

Resolved, That the American Library Association:
1. Commends the U.S. Senate for its quick passage of S. 3111, the Faster FOIA Act on April 15, 2010; and
2. Urges the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly pass the Faster FOIA Act of 2010, H.R. 5087.

Council approved.

Resolved, That the American Library Association:
1. Urges Joint Committee on Printing to approve the Memorandum of Understanding so that Government Printing Office can process the Statutes at Large and Congressional Record content digitized by the Library of Congress; and
2. Urges Joint Committee on Printing to support Government Printing Office making this new digitized content available for permanent public access via GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).

Council approved.

Resolved, That the American Library Association:
1. Strongly supports The Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act, S. 3304, and the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009, H.R. 3101, as passage of these bills would update communications laws to ensure that individuals with vision, hearing and other disabilities are able to utilize fully broadband services and equipment and have better access to video programming devices and other technologies; and
2. Calls upon Congress to pass S. 3304 and H.R. 3101.

Council approved.

Resolved, That the American Library Association:
1. Calls on Congress to quickly enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  Such reform should result in ensuring access to library services for all people, regardless of their immigration status; and
2. Strongly encourages other library organizations to proactively engage their legislators at every level, local, state and federal, about the importance of equal and ready access to library services for all people regardless of immigration status.

Council approved.

Beverly Lynch, Chair of the International Relations Committee, reported that 450 librarians from 88 countries attended the 2010 Annual Conference.  She briefly reviewed ALA’s efforts to assist with providing relief to libraries in Haiti and Chile.  She also announced that the International Relations Committee later this summer will be seeking applicants from among ALA members to serve as the Committee’s representative to the U.S. National Commission of UNESCO.  She also provided an update on the work of the Traditional Cultural Expression TAsk Force. 

Jan Sanders, Chair of the Committee on Organization, presented the report from that committee.  The COO recommended to Council the establishment of a Retired Members Round Table, which would address a growing interest and a growing demographic in ALA.  The draft statement of purposed reads: The Retired Members Round Table (RMRT) shall exist to develop programs of particular interest to retired persons from all types of libraries and all forms of library service, including formal opportunities for continued involvement and learning; a variety of leadership training and opportunities for mentoring; lifelong professional involvement and networking; and, engagement in the American Library Association and the profession of librarianship.  Council approved the proposal.

She also presented a recommendation from COO to increase the composition of the Conference Committee to include a representative of the Accessibility Assembly.  Council approved the recommendation.

Council revisited a resolution presented at a previous session, dealing with Institutional Review Boards and intellectual freedom. 

Resolved, That the American Library Association (ALA):
Supports the American Historical Association in its position on oral history IRB exemption, and joins with the American Association of University Professors in recommending that “research on autonomous adults whose methodology consists entirely in collecting data by surveys [or] conducting interviews…be exempt from the requirement of IRB review – straightforwardly exempt, with no provisos, and no requirement of IRB approval of the exemption.”

Council voted to refer the resolution to the Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Library Research Roundtable, the Library History Roundtable, and the Committee on Professional Ethics.

Council considered again the Resolution on Non-Discrimination in Conference Contracts.  The revised wording to be added to 7.1.1 Non Discrimination in Conference Contracts is:

The ALA will avoid entering, whenever possible, into convention center contracts with organizations and legal bodies in cities, counties, or states that by law discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people.  ALA will provide materials for promoting sensitivity to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression for all employees on the floor of each convention center, including employees of companies to which the convention center has contracted for services on the floor of the convention.

Council approved the Resolution.

Keith Michael Fiels announced the final attendance figure for the 2010 Annual Conference — 26,201.

President Camila Alire pronounced the meeting adjourned.

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