ALA Council I and Town Hall

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 8:30am-9:30am
Georgia World Congress Center
Thomas Murphy Ballroom 3-4
The Executive Director of ALA will be retiring in August 2017 so a search committee has been created.  Courtney shared the process and in addition to the leadership of ALA there is an opportunity for the Divisions and Roundtables to have a person on the search team.  Council voted on two additional people from Council to serve on the search term.
The biggest conversation element of the search process was whether to require that the in-coming Executive Director have an MLS or make it preferred.

Another item that is creating quite a buzz at conference in Atlanta is a recommendation coming to Council about ALA Annual Conference 2018 in New Orleans.  Clara Bohrer is leading a committee focused on conference reorganization.  The goal is to reduce the footprint of Annual Conference, create a one stop place for program proposal submission and focusing the conference programs to the middle part of the 5 days.
Council will be debating the recommendations at Council II

We finished the Council session with a vote on bestowing an ALA Honorary Membership Nomination to Ann Simons.

Following Council I we had a facilitated discussion focused on ALA memberships concerns as it relates to the new administration.
The Town Hall session was live streamed through the ALA’s Facebook page.


ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information

Saturday January 21, 2017

At every ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference there is an opportunity for members to attend an informational session to understand what work is occurring at ALA.
In addition to updates from the President and Executive Board, several reports are shared that focus on budget and planning.  Members have an opportunity as well to ask questions and make recommendations for work to the Council.

President-elect Jim Neal presented his focus for his year including an emphasis on the new strategic direction Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
There were no additional requests from the membership unlike last year where membership prepared and submitted a couple of resolutions for Council to consider.

ALA Council final thoughts

There are three main topics that emerged from this series of ALA Council sessions that I would be interested in discussing or hearing thoughts about from Kansas librarians.

  • How do we encourage all libraries and library associations in the country to embrace the Libraries Transform national initiative from ALA.  This initiative will be a multi-year theme which is different than the ALA President initiatives.  if you want to learn more about Libraries Transform go to
  • Resolution on Gun Violence Affecting Libraries, Library Workers,
    and Library Patrons.ALA CD#45_62516_ACT
  • Resolution Concerning the Role of Chapters in the American
    Library Association, Councilors Jayne Beline and
    Cynthia Czesak, ALA CD#40_Revised 62416_ACT

Each of these items could have impact on individual libraries or librarians.  Please feel free to reach out to me on the blog or through my email.