ALA Midwinter 2014 ALA Council I – Sunday, Jan. 26

Courtney Young, Chair of the 2013-2014 Committee on Committees (and ALA President-Elect), presented the 2014 nominations for election to the ALA Executive Board.  Two councilors are to be elected for three-year terms from the following candidates:  Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California; Gina Persichini, Networking Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Boise, Idaho; Alexandra Rivera, Student Enrichment & Community Outreach Librarian, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Gail Schlachter, President, Reference Service Press, El Dorado Hills, California; Aaron Dobbs, Systems & Electronic Resources Librarian, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; Mike Marlin, Director, Braille and Talking Book Library, California State Library, Sacramento, California.

Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director, reviewed Executive Board actions since the 2013 Annual Meeting.  Major actions included authorizing the use of a statement on ALA conference conduct, which is in accordance with existing ALA policy and existing legal frameworks, for use in conjunction with ALA conferences; upholding the Committee on Accreditation’s decision to withdraw accreditation from the MLS program at Southern Connecticut State University; and approving the continuation of a 10% voluntary salary reduction for the Executive Director and Senior Associate Executive Director for fiscal year 2014 with the proviso that these reductions will be restored if there is a positive year-end financial outcome and that no salary reductions will be included in the fiscal year 2015 budget.  The text of the Statement on ALA Conference Conduct is available at  Keith also reported on the implementation of ALA Council actions taken at the 2013 Annual Conference.

Sari Feldman and Robert Wolven, Co-Chairs of the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, presented a brief update on the work of the group and on future directions.  Key activities included an ALA leadership visit to New York and an ALA Virtual Town Hall Meeting.  One of the largest challenges regarding the Big Five publishers remains pricing, which the members of the Working Group continue to believe is too high.  Now in its third year, the Working Group is re-examining priorities and identifying other topics over which the group may be able to have some influence.  Streaming video particularly comes to mind.

Council next considered the following Resolution on Electronic Communications for ALA Council:

Resolved, that
(1) The ALA President shall appoint a task force of the Council to work with ALA HQ staff to
a. Examine and revise as needed the guidelines for the Council email lists and electronic communications,
b. Determine when various Council Documents should be available to the membership-at-large and the public-at-large,
c. Determine what options are available for sharing Council Documents and what are the capabilities, requirements, and consequences of each option,
d. Make recommendations to Council regarding which option(s) should be adopted,
e. Determine a schedule for re-examining these issues.
(2) The task force shall prepare an interim report for Annual 2014
(3) The task force shall prepare a final report and recommendations for Midwinter 2015.

Council approved the resolution.

 Council next considered the Resolution to Improve Member Access to ALA Unit Governing Information:

Resolved, the American Library Association (ALA) shall change Policy A.7.4 to included, All governing bodies of ALA Divisions and Roundtables link their meeting minutes from the unit’s ALA-hosted web page within 30 days of approval of the minutes.

Council approved postponing discussion to the second session of Council.

The Resolution on Whistleblower Edward Snowden was referred by the mover and seconder to the second session of Council.


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