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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1 Comment »

  1. Virginia March said

    Hi Pam! Thanks for the updates. You make it sound so exciting! Virginia

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