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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