ALA Council I – Sunday, June 26, 2011

Molly Raphael, Chair of the 2010-2011 Committee on Committees (and ALA President-Elect), presented the nominations for the 2011-2012 Council Committee on Committees election.  Four councilors are to be elected for one-year terms from the following candidates: Sara Kelly Johns, Nicolas H. Buron, Valerie P. Bell, Aaron W. Dobbs, Patrick Sweeney, Vicky Lee Schmarr, Shixing Wen, and Peter D. Hepburn.

Molly also presented the nominations for the 2011-2012 Planning and Budget Assembly Election.  Three Chapter Councilors and two Councilors-at-Large are to be elected from the following candidates: Chapter – Alexia Hudson, Cynthia Czesak, Sue Sherif, Sara F. Jones, Terri G. Kirk, and Suzanne Goodman; At-Large – Loida A. Garcia-Febo, Karen E. Downing, Susan Roman, and Sol Antonio Gomez.

Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director, reviewed Executive Board actions since the 2011 Midwinter Meeting.  Major actions including approving the budget, changing policy to permit for increased revenue to be made available from the ALA endowment, and a change to the schedule for next year’s conference to place the Council Information Session before the Membership Meeting.

Annelle Huggins, Chair of the Chapter Relations Task Force, presented the group’s report. The members were to: prepare recommendations related directly to the purpose of the Chapter Relations Committee; identify the integral components of ALA and the chapters and how they can help each other; and to examine the Chapter Relations Committee’s structure and operations and recommend ways to increase the Committee’s effectiveness and activity.  The Task Force developed a number of recommendations addressed to the ALA Council and Executive Board; to the Chapter Relations Committee; to Chapter Councilors; and to Chapter Leadership.  The full report is posted on the Task Force site on ALA connect.

Brent Bonfield, Chair of the ALA Future Perfect Presidential Task Force, presented the group’s report.  The members were charged with answering the following question: If there were no governing body currently in place, what structure would you envision that reflects ALA’s goal of an engaged and collaborative membership, the effective use of new technologies, and the changes in outlook and expectations occurring with the new generation of people working in libraries?  The goal for the group was to focus on the possible, not on the realistic.  The Task Force developed six areas of recommendations.  Those six areas are: the future of conferences in relation to ALA governance; merging Council and the Executive Board; committing to diversity through resource allocation and structural change; integrating ALA with its State Chapters; increasing transparency, accessibility and open communication; and legitimizing governance by increasing voting percentages and member engagement. The ALA Executive Board will review the report and bring back back reaction and comment to the next Council meeting

Council next reviewed a Resolution on Out of School Time Library Programs.

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA) (1) encourages our members to tell their legislators, as well as local and national organizations and associations, about the value of their library to Out of School library programs and (2) urges Library Directors, Trustees, School Board members and supervising government bodies to insure that libraries, of all types, dedicated the proper funding to insure that comprehensive Out of School library programs for all children and teens are maintained. Council approved the resolution.

Keith Michael Fiels announced that registration currently stands at 19,826.

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