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.

Resolutions

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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