Archive for June, 2012

ALA Council III – Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Molly Raphael, ALA President, presented Memorials, Tributes and Testimonials.  She read the following names for memorials: Ray Bradbury, Kathleen Hegarty, Sara Fine, James Clifton Welbourne, Wanda L. Crenshaw, Jane Howell, Alexander Boyd, and Richard E. Bopp.  A tribute and testimonial was acknowledged for Abbe Charles-Michel L’Epee.

Patricia Hoffman, Chair of the Tellers Committee, announced the winners of the election of the Council Committee on Committees: Sol Gomez, Terri Kirk, Em Claire Knowles, and Rocco Staino.  She also announced the winners of the election of Council Representatives to the Planning and Budget Assembly: at large – Diane Chen Kelly, Gail Schlachter, and Courtney Young; chapter – Alan Kornblau and Andrew Wertheimer.

Eva Poole, Chair of the Committee on Legislation, presented the Committee’s report.  The COL had no resolutions for Council to consider.  Eva unveiled a new technology tool called Mobile Commons, which will allow the ALA to communicate advocacy messaging using a texting and calling feature.  Those interested in signing up should text ‘library’ to 877877 in order to receive text message updates from the ALA on advocacy alerts, events, and more. There will be 2 to 3 messages per month.

Pat Scales, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, presented the Committee’s report.  The IFC and the Office for Intellectual Freedom are instigating a broad initiative to dispel misinformation and misunderstandings about CIPA, e-rate, and Internet filtering in libraries. Planning is underway to update the Intellectual Freedom Manual and to publish the ninth edition in 2015.  She reported an upgrade to the ALA online challenge reporting system will be available by the end of the summer. Finally, the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week will be celebrated next year.  The OIF is making plans for a virtual 50 State Salute to Banned Books Weeks. More information about this opportunity will be available soon.

Council next considered a resolution on homelessness and libraries.

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), shall amend Article V of the Library Bill of Rights to include housing status, so that it now reads: “A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, views or housing status.”

A motion was made to refer the resolution to the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee to report back at Midwinter 2013.  Council voted to refer the resolution.

Keith Michael Fiels reported final total attendance was 16, 700.


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ALA Council II – Monday, June 25, 2012

Jim Neal, ALA Treasurer, presented the report he presented at the earlier Council/Membership Information Session.  He shared a snapshot of the  ALA budget as of the end of April and recognized the extraordinary job that the divisions are doing in managing their budgets.  He requested approval of the ALA FY2013 Budgetary Ceiling of $65,026,831. Council approved the FY2013 Budgetary Ceiling.

John A. Moorman, Chair of the Presidential Policy Manual Revision Task Force, presented the final report on the task force’s work.  This Task Force was charged with carrying out a thorough examination of the Policy Manual. No policies were changed but instead, the manual’s sections were reorganized. Material in some sections was moved to other areas to enhance the continuity and readability of the manual. Council adopted the reorganized ALA Policy Manual.

Sha Li Zhang, Chair of the International Relations Committee, presented the report of the committee.  She announced that 430 international librarians/visitors from 83 countries are attending the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.  She also reported on international programs at the conference, UNESCO issues, and international outreach efforts conducted by ALA.

Council next considered the following resolution:

Resolution on School Libraries and Librarians Are Critical to Educational Success
Resolved that the American Library Association (ALA):
1. directs the ALA Presidential Task Force to lead the Association in its continued mission to address the urgent need for advocacy for school libraries, school librarians, and the impact of the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs on students and student achievement, continuing to engage librarians of all types from across the association to advocate for school libraries, which are imperative to the survival and success of all libraries;
2. encourages state associations and affiliates to influence legislation requiring adequate funding and appropriate staffing of school libraries in schools at all levels;
3. places a high priority on seeing that upcoming ESEA legislation recognizes and specifically supports the necessity for effective school library programs and credentialed school librarians;
4. works to encourage federal lobbying efforts to include school libraries in legislation and regulations, including areas such as digital literacy and broadband; and,
5. actively seeks partnerships with national organizations to reach mutual goals of sustaining school libraries.

Council approved the resolution.

Council next engaged in a discussion of changes being planned for the 2013 annual conference in Chicago.  Among the changes being planned are: capping session length at 90 minutes; scheduling all programs for the convention center; setting aside program slots for late-breaking content; requiring descriptors or subject headings for events; and developing a more robust conference platform.

Keith Michael Fiels announced the most current registration figures:  11,850 attendees and 5,381 vendors, for a total of 16,231.

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ALA-APA Council Meeting – June 24, 2012

Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director of the ALA-APA, presented brief remarks on the status of the certification programs.

Jim Neal, Treasurer of ALA-APA, presented the treasurer’s report.  He is projecting a net revenue of $38,495 for FY12.  He asked for approval of the ALA-APA Fiscal Year 2013 Budgetary Ceiling of $326,566.  The request was approved.

Roberta Stevens, Past President, presented a recommendation from the Presidential Task Force for Improving the Effectiveness of ALA’s Council.  The recommendation was to amend the ALA-APA bylaws to reduce the minimum number of required meetings of the ALA-APA Council from two each year to one each year.

Council approved the recommendation.

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ALA Council I – Sunday, June 24, 2012

Maureen Sullivan, Chair of the 2011-2012 Committee on Committees (and ALA President-Elect), presented the nominations for the 2012-2013 Council Committee on Committees election.  Four councilors are to be elected for one-year terms from the following candidates:Ann Crewdson, Matthew Ciszek, Em Claire Knowles, Rocco Staino, Terri Kirk, John DeSantis, Lauren Pressley, Sol Gomez.

Maureen also presented the nominations for the 2012-2013 Planning and Budget Assembly Election.  Three Chapter Councilors and two Councilors-at-Large are to be elected from the following candidates: Chapter – Alan Kornblau, Shelby Harken, Nancy Rea, and Andrew Wertheimer; At-Large – Ed Garcia, Diane Chen Kelly, Courtney Young, Gail Schlachter, Andrew Pace, and Julius Jefferson.

Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director, reviewed Executive Board actions since the 2012 Midwinter Meeting.  Major activities included approving future conference sites, approving a special promotion for first-year members, and responding to recommendations from the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group.

Maureen Sullivan, ALA President-Elect, led a small group discussion activity on the results of the ALA Council Self Assessment.  The small groups discussed the following questions:  Based on your review of the survey results, what do you think are the areas we should focus on or focus on first? and In those areas, are there specific actions that you think could improve effectiveness?

Co-Chairs Sari Feldman and Robert Wolven reported on the activities of the Digital Content & Libraries Working Group.  Several high level meetings have been held with publishers and the Working Group has established subgroups: Business Models & Licensing Agreements, Libraries’ Role in Producing Information, External Communications, and Communication within the Library Community.


Council considered the following resolutions:

Resolution on Voter Suppression in America
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA):
1. opposes voter ID laws, restrictions on voter registration, cuts to early voting, and any other laws resulting in the restriction of lawful access to voting; and
2. encourages libraries nad librarians to provide information to citizens to mitigate these restrictions should they remain in effect on Election Day.

The resolution passed.

Resolution in Support of Whistleblower Bradley Manning
Resolved, that the American Library Association calls upon the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army to release Pfc. Bradley Manning from pre-trial confinement and drop the charges against him.

The resolution was defeated.

Resolution on Access to Information and WikiLieaks
Resolved that the American Library Association (ALA):
1. supports the rights of WikiLeaks to publish leaked government documents;
2. commends the efforts of WikiLeaks to expunge from documents names and other material deemed potentially harmful to innocent people;
3. commends WikiLeaks for performing a public service by making available important documents related to foreign and military policy;
4. recommends that librarians consider linking their websites to the WikiLeaks website where appropriate; and
5. condemns any harassment of WikiLeaks.

The resolution was defeated.

Keith Michael Fiels announced that registration currently stands at 16,404.

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ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session – Sat., June 23, 2012

Freedom to Read Foundation Report – Kenton Oliver, President

Kent reported on the activities of the Foundation since the Midwinter 2012 meeting, including updates on several different lawsuits and court cases.

He highlighted PFLAG, Inc. v. CamdentonR-III School District, a lawsuit that sought to uphold the First Amendment Right of minors’ to access information that is constitutionally protected for youth. This lawsuit ended with a victory that upholds the minors’ rights.  He also mentioned Bradburn et al. v. North Central Regional Library District and Hunter v. City of Salem and the Board of Trustees, Salem Public Library.

ALA President’s Report – Molly Raphael

Molly provided brief updates on the work being done by groups that she established to accomplish work on her presidential initiatives: Digital Content and Libraries Working Group; Presidential Task Force on School Libraries; Empowering Voices, Transforming Communities (her advocacy initiative); and Empowering Diverse Voices (her diversity and leadership development initiative).

ALA President-Elect’s Report – Maureen Sullivan

Maureen provided brief updates on her presidential initiatives: The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities; Leadership in the Digital Age; Rethinking ALA; and ALA and International Librarianship.

Executive Director’s Report – Keith Michael Fiels

Keith reported that since 1997, ALA has awarded more than 800 Spectrum Scholarships, which are offered in order to develop more minority representation in the profession.  He also highlighted the first ALA Virtual Membership Meeting, held on June 6.  Approximately 500 participated.

Endowment Trustees Report – Dan Bradbury, Senior Trustee

Dan listed three developments that upset high expectations for performance thus far in 2012: Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disasters; Arab Spring uprisings; and the increasing severity of the European debt crisis.  He reported that the value of the endowment as of May 31, 2012 is $31.1 million.

Budget Analysis and Review Committee Report – Clara Bohrer, Chair

Clara provided updates on the following: FY 2012 budget; summer projections and budget adjustments; status of membership retention proposals; fiscal 2013 budget development; budget monitoring/contingency plans; and the ALA Financial Learning Series.

Treasurer’s Report – Jim Neal

Jim presented information on key strategic issues affecting ALA and its financial future, trends in ALA’s income and expense areas, opportunities for new business development, and an overview of the budget plan for FY13.

Strategic issues for the ALA FY13 are: continuing economic challenges; nonsupportive political environments; virtual professional participation; globalization of information issues; massive changes in the publishing industry; and limited growth in the MLS workforce.  Financial issues for the ALA FY13 budget are: declining or flat primary revenue sources; the need to diversity and enhance revenue sources; the need to invest in technology and systems; the need for continued focus on efficiencies and productivity; placing the highest priority on member value and engagement; and keeping resources focused on strategic priorities.

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