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. 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.


(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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