2012 MidWinter Dallas Council III

2012 MidWinter Dallas Council III

Tributes and Memorials

Memorials:
Dorothy Broderick, M-#1
D. Whitney Coe, M-#2
John Minto Dawson, M-#3
Robert W. Houk, M-#4

Tributes:
Jill Nishi, T-#1
Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, T-#2
Maryellen Trautman, T-#3
William J. Boarman, T-#4
Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award, T-#5

Results of the election of of new members to the ALA Executive Board were announced. Serving terms for 2012-2015 will be Robert Banks, Alexia Hudson and John Moorman.

Resolution Opposing Restriction of Access to Materials and Open Inquiry Ethnic and Cultural Studies Programs in Arizona

WHEREAS, the policy of the American Library Association supports “equal access to information for all persons and recognizes the ongoing need to increase awareness of and responsiveness to the diversity of the communities we serve” (ALA Policy Manual, Section 60); and

WHEREAS, “the freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries.” (Freedom to Read Statement, adopted June 25, 1953; last revised June 30, 2004); and

WHEREAS, “no society of free people can flourish that draws up lists of writers to whom it will not listen, whatever they may have to say” (Freedom to Read Statement, adopted June 25, 1953; last revised June 30, 2004); and

WHEREAS, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), in compliance with The State of Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 15-111 and 15-112, had to eliminate its Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program, resulting in the subsequent removal of textbooks and books on the MAS Program Reading List; and

WHEREAS, textbooks and reading list titles written by nationally and internationally renowned authors and scholars that reflect this country’s rich diverse heritage can no longer be taught or assigned by teachers in the suspended MAS Program; and

WHEREAS, students in the TUSD MAS Program develop critical thinking skills through the study of literature written by ALA award winning authors; and students have demonstrated proven academic success, graduating from high school at the rate of 90% and entering college at a rate of 80%; and

WHEREAS, educators rely on the collection development expertise of school librarians and access to a diverse collection to respond effectively to the individual learning needs of their students; and

WHEREAS, HB 2654 has been introduced in The State of Arizona House of Representatives, “An Act Repealing Sections 15-111 and 15-112, Arizona Revised Statutes; Relating to School Curriculum;” now, therefore, be it RESOLVED that the American Library Association:

Condemns the suppression of open inquiry and free expression caused by closure of ethnic and cultural studies programs on the basis of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

Condemns the restriction of access to educational materials associated with ethnic and cultural studies programs.

Urges the Arizona legislature to pass HB 2654, “An Act Repealing Sections 15-111 and 15-112, Arizona Revised Statutes; Relating to School Curriculum.”

This resolution should be sent to The Tucson Unified School District, The State of Arizona Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction, each member of The State of Arizona Legislature, the Governor of Arizona, United States Congressman Grijalva, and the United States Secretary of Education.

Moved by the Intellectual Freedom Committee.
Endorsed in principle by:
ALA Committee on Diversity
ALA Committee on Legislation
American Association of School Librarians
American Indian Library Association
Asian Pacific American Librarians Association
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Intellectual Freedom Round Table
Reforma: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
Social Responsibilities Round Table

I voted for this and it passed.

RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE RESEARCH WORKS ACT
RESOLVED, That the American Library Association:
Urge the U.S. Congress to reject the Research Works Act, H.R. 3699, because it not only threatens future public access to federally funded research, but also nullifies the public access already provided to peer-reviewed journal manuscripts resulting from NIH funding.

Reaffirm its support for the expansion of the NIH public-access policy to other federal agencies and departments.

Endorsed in principle by the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable (IFRT) and Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT)

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolved opposing the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity6 and theft of intellectual property act of 2011 (PIPA) and the Stop online piracy act (SOPA)

RESOLVED, That the American Library Association:

Urge Congress to reject both the S. 968, PIPA bill in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 3261, SOPA bill in the U.S. House of Representatives because they compromise such fundamental rights as free speech, intellectual freedom, and privacy in an attempt to target foreign websites and combat online infringement overseas.

Oppose any legislation that compromises ALA’s core principles and stifles the dynamic, innovative potential of the global Internet.

Endorsed in principle by the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable (IFRT) and Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT)

I voted for this and it passed.

RESOLUTION ON THE LOSS OF CRUCIAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
RESOLVED, That the American Library Association (ALA):

Urge U.S. Congress to restore funding to ensure permanent no-fee public access to aggregated sources of government information.
Urge the establishment of a mandated process with adequate notification to include the opportunity for public notice and comment with consultation by librarians, researchers, small businesses and other appropriate stakeholders before decisions are made to discontinue access to current or historical information resources when the federal government initiates, significantly modifies, or terminates information products.
Urge Congress to require that agencies discontinuing access to current or historical information resources transfer the content and related functionality to the U.S. Government Printing Office or other public institutions that can ensure continued no-fee digital access to this information.
Urge Congress to improve the federal government’s policies and capabilities for making government information available to the public in an open, timely, participatory, and transparent manner.
Endorsed by the Government Document Round Table (GODORT)
Endorsed in principle by the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT)

I voted for this and it passed.

Report from International Relations Committee

2011-2012 ALA CD#35 Rev. 1/23/12
2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Resolution on Publishers and Practices Which Discriminate Against Library Users

Whereas, an increasing number of publishers and distributors have adopted policies that negatively impact the ability of libraries to provide content in formats needed by their patrons, joining several other publishers, and

Whereas, the limitations imposed by publishers and distributors have not been clearly defined, and

Whereas, these publishers and distributors represent a growing trend that is troubling to American Library Association (ALA) members, and

Whereas, the effect of these policies is to withhold content from library users, many of whom rely solely on the library for their content, and

Whereas, the ALA has a Working Group on Digital Content in Libraries examining many of the issues identified above, therefore be it

Resolved, That the American Library Association opposes any discriminatory policies of publishers and distributors which adversely impact access to content by library users; and

Resolved, That the Working Group on Digital Content in Libraries be directed to review the situation and recommend appropriate action and/or appropriate parties who should be informed of this resolution.

Mover
Cynthia Czesak, New Jersey Chapter Councilor

Seconder
Mario Gonzalez, Councilor-at-Large
Valerie Bell, Councilor-at-Large

I voted for this and it passed.

Registrations are 6,346 registrants and 3,693 vendors for a total of 9,929 attendees.

One thought on “2012 MidWinter Dallas Council III

  1. Thank you for posting. I was unable to attend this year and am very happy to have this quick update of the happenings to share with Arizona.

    Thank you for voting for the Resolution Opposing Restriction of Access to Materials and Open Inquiry Ethnic and Cultural Studies Programs in Arizona

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