Archive for June, 2010

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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ALA Council II

Kent Oliver, President of the Freedom to Read Foundation, presented his report. He regretfully reported the death of Burton Joseph, Vice President of the Foundation.  Mr. Joseph, 79, was an attorney who was deeply committed to defending civil liberties and the First Amendment. Kent also reported on the activities of the Foundation in defending and preserving First Amendment rights, including U.S. v. Stevens and American Booksellers’ Foundation for Free Expression v. Strickland, an Ohio case. He also reported on ongoing and new litigation. The FTRF Board established the Judith F. Krug Fund to funnel memorial donations into purposes reflecting Judith’s interests.  The two major components of the Krug Fund will be Banned Books Week Read-Out Grants for Libraries and Community Groups and Online Learning for LIS Students. 

Janet Swan Hill, Chair of the Policy Monitoring Committee, presented her report.  She recommended, on behalf of the committee, several changes to wording of policy to clear up confusing wordings.  These changes covered the topics of organization and chapter membership perquisites; reporting of roll call votes of Council; revisions to Council minutes; and the arrangement of topics in Policy 10.  She also presented a recommendation from the Committee that “a special task force be appointed and charged with carrying out a thorough examination of the Policy Manual, and proposing such changes [as] are necessary….”  All recommendations were approved by Council.

Carol Brey Casiano, Chair of the Committee on Library Advocacy, presented the report from that committee.  There were no actions items for Council to consider but Carol updated Council on committee activities including Library Snapshot Day; crisis management activities; training sessions including the Library Advocacy Institute and a Train the Trainer session on library advocacy; hosting a library advocacy hour at the membership pavilion in the exhibit hall; and plans for library advocacy day on Capitol Hill.  More than 1,300 people are signed up to participate in the rally, which will be followed by state delegation visits to legislators. 

Teri Switzer, Chair of the Training, Orientation, and Leadership Development Committee, presented the committee’s report.  She reviewed a draft of the revision to the ALA intern guidelines.  Proposed changes include changing the name of the program to the ALA Fellows Program.  It is proposed that the program will be open to any ALA member who has never held an appointed or elected office within ALA or an elected office within any unit of the Association and who has been a member of ALA less than ten years.  The committee has also proposed that fellows be voting members of the committees.  Discussion followed with expressions of concern about voting status and about the restrictive nature of eligibility for the fellow program.

Michael Stephens, Chair of the Website Advisory Committee, presented a very brief report on the activities of the committee.  Areas addressed by the committee include ALA Connect and the Event Planner.

Lynn Connaway, Chair of the Committee on Education, presented the committee’s report.  She updated Council on the activities of the Committee in monitoring proposed changes to the library schools at University of Illinois and at Louisiana State University, the only SLIS in Louisiana.  She presented a resolution for Council’s consideration:

Resolved, that the American Library Association:
  1.  
    1. Strongly opposes the elimination of the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University.
    2. Urges the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents to continue to support the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University.

Council approved the resolution.

Rod Hersberger, Treasurer of the American Library Association, presented his report.  He reviewed how the ALA General Fund supports the following: Chapter Relations Office, Development Office, International Relations Office, the ALA Library, Office of Accreditation, Office for Diversity, Office of Human Resource Development & Recruitment, Office for Information Technology Policy, Office for Intellectual Freedom, Office for Library Advocacy,, Office for Literacy & Outreach Services, Office for Research & Statistics, Office of the ALA Governance, Office of Government Relations, Public Information Office, Public Programs Office and the Washington Office.  Additionally, the administrative services supported by the General Fund include Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Building Operations and Support Staff, ITTS, and Member and Customer Services.  General Fund revenue sources include dues, book sales, subscriptions, advertising, meetings/conferences, products & promotions, and miscellaneous. 

General Fund revenue projections for FY 2011 total $26,822,483.  Rod asked Council to approve the FY2011 budgetary ceiling of $57,162,413, which is a total of the ceilings for the General Fund, the divisions, the round tables, grants & awards, long-term investments and the technology fund.  Council obliged and approved the ceiling.

Council next turned its attention to the revision of A Resolution to Ensure Equitable Access to All Formats of Electronic Content Through Libraries.

RESOLVED,

(1) that the American Library Association (ALA) calls for the formation of a Presidential Task Force integrating the OITP Working Group, charged with studying:

  • challenges and potential solutions in libraries for improved electronic content access, distribution and preservation systems, and infrastructure in response to the creation and migration of materials from print to electronic access;
  • collaborations that provide electronic content and distribution infrastructure for libraries, including the development of a list of potentially practical, effective collaborations and courses of action that ALA and libraries around the country could engage in;
  • current and emerging assistive technology that provides people with sensory and physical disabilities the opportunity to access electronic information hitherto inaccessible through libraries;
  • methods of encouraging solutions through libraries for electronic content access that use formats and standards that work across DRM-free device platforms;
  • options for compromise agreements between the library and publishing communities regarding access to digital content; and
  • the need for any ALA policies required to further the creation of an effective electronic content and distribution infrastructure for libraries; and

(2) that the Task Force submit a report to Council at ALA Annual Conference in 2011 containing recommendations for Association.

Council approved the resolution.

Council moved on to considering the following resolution:

Resolved, That the American Library Association urges library directors, trustees, school board members, and supervising government bodies to ensure that libraries are provided adequate funding to support summer reading programs for all children and teens.

Council approved the resolution.

Keith Michael Fiels reported that attendance at the conference stands at 25, 754, which is just a bit less than the record-breaking attendance in Chicago last summer.

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ALA-APA Council

Keith Michael Fiels reported receipt of a $590,000 IMLS grant to be used for the certification program for support staff.

Rod Hersberger presented the ALA-APA budget update for the eight months ending April 30, 2010. FY 10 budget adjustments included transferring a half-time research assistant to HRDR and assigning the ALA-APA director to devote 50% of time to the work of the ALA-APA and 23% of time to work on the IMLS grant.  He stated the organization will have positive financial results this year.  Total operating revenues as of 4/30/10 are $97,884 and total operating expenses as of 4/30/10 are $55,091.  Council approved the ALA-APA FY 2010 budgetary ceiling of $242,878.

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ALA Council I

Roberta Stevens presented the nominations for the 2010-2011 Committee on Committees, to be chaired by President-elect Molly Raphael.  The candidates are: Irene Briggs, Maryland; Diane Dates Casey, Illinois; Jennifer Emanuel, Illinois; Trevor Dawes, New Jersey; Wei Jeng-Chu, Mass.; Charles Forrest, Georgia; Vicki Emery, Virginia; and Rhonda Puntney, Wisconsin.  She also presented the slate on nominees for the Planning and Budget Assembly.  Chapter Councilor nominees are Ann Hamilton, GA; Rodney Lippard, NC; Gina Persichini, ID; and Carlyn Gray, TX.  Councilor-at-Large nominees are Valerie Bell, Annalisa Crews, Jose Aponte, Dora Ho, Rosario Garza and Diana Wu.

Camila Alire and Keith Michael Fiels shared remarks about the ALA Strategic Plan 2011-2015.  Camila reviewed the planning process and the incorporation of comments from individual members, units, divisions, affiliates and chapters.  After a few tweaks of language, Council approved the plan.

Larry Romans introduced the first resolution for Council: A Resolution Reaffirming Equal Employment Opportunity for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Librarians and Library Workers.  The resolved clause is as follows:

Resolved that the American Library Association (ALA): shall change Policy 54.16 from this current text:

54.16 — Gay Rights
The American Library Association Council reaffirms its support for equal employment opportunity for gay librarians and library workers.  The Council recommends that libraries reaffirm their oblication under the Library Bill of Rights to disseminate information representing all points of view on this topic.

to this text:

54.16 Gay, Lesbian, Bixesual, and Transgender Rights
The American Library Association supports equal employment opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender librarians and library workers.

The resolution was approved.

Jackie Rafferty introduced a Resolution to Insure Equitable Access to All Formats of Electronic Content Through Libraries.  Resolved that the American Library Association (ALA):

1. recognizes that as content consumption and circulation shifts from physical print material to electronic content, libraries must have effective new electronic content access and distribution systems and infrastructure;

 2. calls for the development of a new generation of practical and effective collaborations that provide electronic content and distribution infrastructure for libraries;

3. expects this infrastructure to include current and emerging assistive technology that now provides people with sensory and physical disabilities the opportunity to access electronic information hitherto inaccessible through libraries;

4. encourages solutions for electronic content access via libraries that use formats and standards that work across device platforms that are DRM-free whenever practically possible;

5. calls for a compromise agreement between the library and publishing communities over accessing digital content; and

6. calls for the formation of an ALA Presidential Task Force charged with (a) studying the issue of electronic content and distribution infrastructure for libraries, (b) developing a list of potentially practical, effective collaborations and courses of action that ALA and libraries around the country could engage in, (c) drafting a policy for ALA to adopt that work towards and encourages the creation of an effective electronic content and distribution infrastructure for libraries, and (d) submitting a report to Council at ALA annual conference in 2011.

Council voted to postpone the resolution to Council II.

Larry Romans introduced a Resolution on Non-Discrimination in Conference Contracts:

Resolved that the American Library Association (ALA) shall change Policy 7.1.1 from this current text:
 
7.1.1–Non-Discrimination in Conference Contracts
The ALA will enter into conference-site contracts only with organizations and legal bodies in cities, counties, or states that do not by law discriminate against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.

to this text:

7.1.1–Non-Discrimination in Conference Contracts
The ALA will avoid entering, whenever possible, into conference-site contracts with organizations and legal bodies in cities, counties, or states that by law discriminate aginst gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.  ALA will provde specific materials for sensitivity training about sexual orientation, gender identity, ane 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 voted to refer the resolution to BARC for study of financial implications.

Keith Michael Fiels announced that total registration stands at 25,544.

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