ALA Council II – Monday, June 30, 2014

Bill Turner, Chair of the Policy Monitoring Committee, presented the report of the committee and asked Council to approve placing a previously approved policy change into the appropriate section of the ALA Policy Manual. This involved a Council resolution to improve member access to ALA unit governing information. Council approved the committee’s recommendation.

Barbara Stripling, President of ALA, recognized retiring Councilors and Executive Board members.

Jim Rettig, Chair of the Committee on Organization, presented the report of the committee and asked Council to approve two policy action items.

1.     Each chair of an ALA Committee or a Council Committee is responsible for submitting to the ALA Executive Director at least two times each year a substantive report on the committee’s work and accomplishments so that these reports can be made available to all interested ALA members.  Such reports may address, but not be limited to, matters such as accomplishments, planned activities, issues that affect the committee’s work and their implications for the future, interactions with other units within ALA, relationship of the committee’s work to the ALA strategic plan, current level of committee members’ involvement (more substantive than an attendance roll), committee self-check on its value and viability (update charge, discontinue committee, consolidate with another, change structure, other observations).

2.    A Membership Initiative Groups (MIG) is formed when a group of ALA members identifies a common concern or interest about librarianship which falls outside the delegated responsibility of a single division, roundtable, or unit, and wishes to establish a short-term, renewable mechanism to address this concern or interest. To establish a MIG, which must be approved by COO and reported to Council, a group must submit to the Committee on Organization a statement of purpose, at least one hundred signatures of ALA members in good standing, and the names and addresses of designated organizers.  Once established, a MIG may operate for three years at which point it may re-petition for another three- year term, or may request another place within the ALA structure by following the procedures for establishing that type of group, or may request the ALA COO to disband it.  The re-petitioning process can be renewed every three years.  If the re-petition process is not carried out when due, the MIG will be disbanded.

Council approved both recommendations.

Julius Jefferson, President of the Freedom to Read Foundation, highlighted several items from the FTRF report.  He provided updates on Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus and on Arce v Huppenthal.  He also reported on the Krug Fund, which was created and supported by donations made in memory of FTRF’s founding executive director, Judith Krug.  If funds projects and programs that assure that her passion to educate both librarians and the public about the First Amendment and the importance of defending the right to read and speak freely will continue far into the future. FTRF is partnering with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) to offer an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for LIS students around the country.  

Council next considered the following resolution:

Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia Government Budget Autonomy to Allow City Services, including Libraries, to Remain Open during a Federal Government Shutdown
Resolved, that the American Library Association urges Congress to grant the District of Columbia budget autonomy in order to prevent the unnecessary closing of city government facilities, including public libraries, in the event of a federal government shutdown.

Council approved the resolution.

Keith Michael Fiels announced the most current registration figures: 12,806 attendees and 5,588 vendors, for a total of 18,394.

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