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.


ALA Membership Meeting- June 23, 2018

The Membership meeting had two resolutions brought to the meeting
Resolution on Socially responsible investments for the ALA Endowment Funds
There was discussion focused on the complements of our mutual funds.  The goals for the Endowment trustees is to develop a strategic plan to shift focus to more environmentally friendly funds. The resolution specifically requested that the Trustees remove all funds that hold fossil fuels.  The discussion addressed that as mutual funds we can’t get to 100% fossil fuel free.
The resolution failed

Resolution on the education requirement for the ALA Executive Director to be MLS or MLIS required.
There was a heated debate based on the importance of having the MLS or MLIS or whether the requirement should be MLS preferred.
The resolution failed
The Search team will reassemble and begin the work to find a new ALA Executive Director with MLS strongly preferred.
The goal is to have the new ED in place by Midwinter 2020.