ALA Midwinter 2012 – Monday, Jan. 23 – Council Session II

Jim Neal, ALA Treasurer, presented his report .  The 2011 financial situation for ALA is about the same as it was in 2010.  Although revenue is down, the Association has made the appropriate adjustments to expenses.  ALA total revenues equaled $46,581,260 and total expenses equaled $46,741,997.   Net assets are up to $30,117,193.  Dues were down slightly while revenue from publishing improved.  He also identified a number of future issues for ALA budget planning, including: investing in technology (new systems and services); expanding the migration to electronic publishing distribution and business models; sustaining and growing membership; the impact of a new spending/payout policy for the endowment; and developing new products and services.  Finally, in the area of new business development, he stated that ALA is either active in or will explore possible business development in the following areas: electronic publishing, expanded publishing program, continuing education online, the international community, the public/library users, mergers and acquisitions, and planned giving.

He continued his report with an update on the acquisition of Neal-Schuman Publishing.  ALA conducted due diligence, an evaluation study, and created an extensive business plan.  After much study, internal consultation, and external consultation, ALA purchased the company for $7 million.

He also presented the FY2013 programmatic priorities that are in line with the 2015 ALA strategic plan, which Council approved:

Diversity
Equitable Access to Information and Library Services
Education and Lifelong Learning
Intellectual Freedom
Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession
Literacy
Organizational Excellence

John Moorman, Chair of the Policy Monitoring Committee, presented motions on the following:  change text in ALA Policy 8.5.1; change text in ALA Policy 5.3; and change in ALA Policies 5.5.2 and 7.4.10.  All motions reflected changes in text made necessary by actions taken at the 2011 Annual Meeting.  All motions passed. 

John Moorman, Chair of the Presidential Policy Manual Revision Task Force, highlighted several items from his report.  He emphasized that the task force continues its work in carrying out a thorough examination of the Policy Manual.

Jim Rettig, Chair of the Committee on Organization, presented his report.  The Educators of School Librarians Section of the American Association of School Librarians has recommended that one existing seat on the ALA Committee on Education be permanently allocated to a representative from AASL ESLS. Council approved this recommendation.

Kent Oliver, Chair of the Freedom to Read Foundation, presented his report.  He stated that the FTRF serves as the First Amendment defense arm of the American Library Association.  He reported that the FTRF adopted a strategic plan that addresses five action areas: awareness, litigation, education, engagement, and capacity building.  He also reported that the FTRF will be pursuing some membership initiatives in the coming months.  He very briefly reviewed results of litigation involving the freedom to read and litigation that the FTRF is monitoring.

Roberta Stevens, Immediate Past President of ALA, presented two nominations for ALA Honorary Membership.  This is the highest honor that the Association can bestow on an individual.  Honorary membership may be conferred on a living citizen of any country whose contribution to librarianship or a closely related field is so outstanding that it is of lasting importance to the advancement of the whole field of library service.  The nominees were Senator Jack Reed and Dr. Betty J. Turock.  Council approved the designation of Honorary Member for these individuals.

Keith Michael Fiels announced a current total registration of 9,935 at Midwinter Conference.

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