ALA Council I- Chicago

Presiding Officer: Julie B. Todaro, ALA President
Assisting Presiding Officer: James (Jim) G. Neal, ALA President-Elect
Secretary of Council: Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director
Parliamentarian: Eli Mina

• Reports of ALA/Council Committees:
– Nominations for the 2017-2018 Council Committee
on Committees Election***
James (Jim) G. Neal, 2016-2017 Committee on
Committees, ALA CD#12

– Nominations for the 2017-2018 Planning and Budget
Assembly Election, ***James (Jim) G. Neal, Chair,
2016-2017 Committee on Committees, ALA CD#12.1

• Reports of ALA/Council Committees (continued)
– Appointment of the Tellers Committee for COC and PBA
Elections, Julie B. Todaro, ALA President,
ALA CD#12.2

– ALA Executive Director Search Committee Report
Courtney L. Young, EDSC Chair
Isaacson Miller executive recruiter was selected and the search team is beginning their work on finding a new Executive Director.

• Report of Officers:
– ALA President’s Report, Julie B. Todaro, ALA President,
ALA CD#21.1
President Julie shared her year experience as President.  The main topics included:
• No one is coming to save us- Book Club Central
• Fight for Libraries- advocacy at the federal level IMLS,LSTA,IAL
• Issues
o Diversity, equity and Inclusion
o Fake news
o Unique patron and community issues
o Net neutrality
o Copyright- Jim Neal is an expert on this
• Library (school, public) closures, cutbacks
• 21st Century facilities

– Review of Executive Board Actions since the 2017
Midwinter Meeting, Keith Michael Fiels,
Executive Director and Secretary to the ALA Council,
ALA CD#15.3-CD#15.4

– Implementation of the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting
Council Actions, Keith Michael Fiels,
ALA Executive Director and Secretary to the
ALA Council, ALA CD#9.1-CD#9.2

• New Business:
An American Library Association Statement on 10 Mins.
Global Climate Change and a Call for Support for Libraries
and Librarians, Julie B. Todaro, ALA CD#41
– An American Library Association Statement on 10 Mins.
Global Climate Change and a Call for Support for Libraries
and Librarians, Julie B. Todaro, ALA CD#41
This resolution resulted in over 60 minutes discussion where the Council began with an amendment to postpone for changes but that failed. The resolution passed with a removal of Donald Trump’s name. It was discussed that it was important to focus more broadly to include the whole current administration rather than name the President. The focus on this was about the concern that research and data was removed from the EPA information portal.
The resolution passed.

New Business and/or Continuance of the Agenda
• Discussion Topic:
– “How Can We Make Every ALA Member an Effective 60 Mins.
and Sustained Advocate for Federal Funding, Federal Legislation
and Federal Policies that Impact Libraries and Library Users?”
Kathi Kromer, Associate Executive Director,
ALA Washington Office and Adam Eisgrau, Managing Director, ALA Office for Government Relations (OGR)

 

 

Executive Board Candidate Forum

Matthew Ciszek
Trever A. Dawes
Susan Jennings
Patty Wong
Lessa Pelaydo-Lozada
Maria  Taesil Hudson McCauley
Jack Martin
All spoke about their passion to serve on Executive Board.
Council will vote on three people to serve on Executive Board.

Patty Wong, Lissa Pelayo-Lozada and Trevor Dawes received the most votes and will serve a 2017-2020 term.