ALA Council III

Tuesday June 26, 2018
7:45 am
The 3rd Council session of ALA traditionally begins its work with recognition of Memorials and Tributes
Herbert Biblo, M-#7
Heather Lanier, M-#8
John Byrum, M-#9
Mary Lynette Larsgaard, M-#10
Bernard (Bernie) A. Margolis, M-#11
deg farrelly, M-#12
Krista McKenzie, M-#13
Stephanie Squicciarini, M-#14

50th ALA Anniversary of Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, T-#4- Lois Ann will be greatly missed as she has been the glue that keeps ALA and the Council moving forward and has made a significant impact on all the successes of ALA.  If you have been a Councilor you know how integral Lois-Ann has been
A Tribute Resolution Honoring Pat May Upon her Retirement, T-#5
A Tribute Resolution Thanking Don Wood For His Service to ALA and ALA
Chapters, T-#6
Kent Oliver, chair of the Committee on Legislation presented an overview on the work of COL.  He shared that on Monday, the House Subcommittee presented its budget which includes level funding for LSTA and IAL.
He the following resolution
Resolution to Reunite Detained Migrant Children with their Parents

The resolution was approved.

Intellectual Freedom Committee- Helen Ruth Adams, chair
Helen shared a report on the work of IFC.  She shared ALA’s “Choose Privacy Week” website unveiled a new look and a new URL this month. “Choose Privacy Every Day” (

New Business:

Resolution on Gender Inclusive Bathrooms at ALA Conferences
and Meetings, Councilors: Ann K. Symons; Matthew Ciszek;
Sherry Machones; Ana Elisa de Campos Salles; Peter Hepburn;
Erica Findley; Ed Garcia; Louis Muñoz, Jr; Jessica Schomberg;
Melissa Cardenas-Dow; Oscar Baeza; Amy Lappin;
and Martin Garnar, ALA CD#42
There was significant concern because even though we had planned for several gender inclusive bathrooms at ALA they were not close to the major parts of the conference.  Due to several bad experiences related to bathrooms at the Convention Center a resolution was brought to Council III.
There was a lively debate about this and a couple of amendments included to insure everyone was comfortable with the resolution.

The resolution was approved.
If you would like to read the language of the resolutions or the reports shared, please find them at the Council webpage at:


ALA Council II- New Orleans

June 25, 2018
8:30 am
ALA Treasurer’s Report- Susan Hildreth
The Council approved the Annual Estimates of Income for FY19.
The biggest discussion focused on a better understanding of assets.  We have traditionally as a Council approving a budget ceiling but not approve a budget.  This is the purview of Executive Board.  In order to move to a more modern membership ALA and the Executive Board recommends investment over the next 3 years on Information Technology, Development and Advocacy.  This will require an infusion of additional funds to move these investments forward.
This is the most significant change as it impacts ALA’s bottom line and also impacts how we modernize our association,

I am attaching the Treasurer’s report that contains more detailed information.

Reports of ALA/Council Committees

Report of the Tellers on the COC and PBA Election Results.
ALA Councilor Vivian Bordeaux, Chair, ALA CD#12.3
COC- Committee on committees helps with identification and selection of ALA members for committees.  PBA is the Planning and Budget Assembly.

Committee on Diversity (COD)
ALA Councilor Martin Garnar, ALA CD#14.1

Policy Monitoring Committee (PMC)
ALA Councilor Christopher J. Corrigan, ALA CD#17.1

Committee on Organization (COO)
Sue Considine, Chair, ALA CD#27.1

Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Jim Rettig, Chair, ALA CD#25.1

International Relations Committee (IRC)
Leslie B. Burger, Chair, ALA CD#18.1

Budget Analysis and Review Committee, Rhea Lawson, Chair
ALA CD#33.2_62418

If you are interested in reading any of the reports from the above committees they are available at All Council documents are/will also available on the Council webpage at:


Council I- New Orleans

Sunday, June 24th
8:30 am
Council I traditionally is a meeting of reports from ALA committees so there is often little new business to discuss.  At our meeting this time, in addition to reports we took an hour to discussion Organizational Effectiveness in a facilitated discussion lead by Maureen Sullivan.

Reports of ALA/Council Committee
Resolutions committee- Ed Sanchez shared changes recommended to improve the process for submitting resolutions.
Online appointments during conference
E-form process
The goal is to create a more seamless way for members and councilors to effect policy changes.
An action item was presented from the Resolution committee recommending that all resolutions regardless of budgetary implications be presented to Council for a vote.  In the past a resolution would be sent directly to the Budget Committee (BARC) before coming to council.  The consensus was that this created a barrier to Council hearing about all resolutions and also that it created work for BARC which Council may not want to have happen.
Council approved the resolution

Nominations for 2018-2019 Council Committee on Committees
Loida Garcia-Febo provided a slate of committee members for consideration which Council would vote by ballot on at the end of the meeting.

Nominations for the 2018-2019 Planning and Budget Assembly Election
Loida Garcia-Febo, President elect, presented a slate of nominees for consideration that Council will vote by ballot on at the end of the meeting.

New Business
Resolution to Honor African Americans Who Fought Library Segregation
CD#41- over 50 councilors spoke at the microphones in support of the resolution
this resolution passed unanimously.

Organization Effectiveness Discussion
Maureen Sullivan- facilitator
1.What one thing do you think to do to improve its effectiveness?
If the ALA did not exist today, what would we build or create today?
We had a great discussion on dreaming about a better ALA.  Please be looking for an opportunity to share your thoughts in the next couple of weeks.  This is the time where you can include your voice.  If we want to make our organization more effective it does require more voices.
Some comments included more nimble, more virtual opportunities, focus on local rather than national.