2013 Seattle Council III

2013 Seattle Council
Normal business activities

Results of election to Executive Board

Jim Neal
Sara Kelly Johns

Report from the Intellectual Freedom Committee

Report from the Committee on Legislation

Resolution Supporting the Application of the First Sale Doctrine of the Copyright Law to all materials in library collections

Resolved, that the ALA:

Reaffirm the essential role of the first Sale Doctrine in ensuring that the education, research, and library communities continue to support the Constitutional purpose of copyright law by promoting the advancement and sharing of knowledge, innovation, and creativity, wherever made; and
Urge the United State Congress to pass legislation to remedy any judicial decision that limits libraries ability to lend copies of foreign-made works under the First Sale Doctrine.
I voted for this and it passed.

We voted to recognize Sen. Olympia Snow for her many efforts supporting libraries.

Report from the International Relations committee

Resolution on Supporting the WIPO Treaty for Improved Access for People Who are Blind, Visually Impaired and with Other Print Disabilities
 
Whereas ALA Policy 54.3.2 (Library Services for People with Disabilities) states that “library materials must be accessible to all patrons including people with disabilities”;
Whereas ALA Policy 50.15.1 (Principles for the Networked World) states that equitable access is a critical public policy of American Library Association;
Whereas ALA Council adopted the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Digitization Workgroup’s values, through “Resolution on Principles for Digital Content,” stating that “equitable access to digital library materials is ensured through maximum accessibility, ubiquity, sustainability, and barrier-free access” (ALA Council Document 20.9, 2007);
Whereas ALA Policy 58.1 (International Relations, Policy Objectives) states that a major international relations policy objective must “encourage the exchange, dissemination, and access to information and the unrestricted flow of library materials in all formats throughout the world”;
Whereas ALA Policy 58.4. (Article 19 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights) states that the principles of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, accessibility, and full and effective participation and inclusion in society are proclaimed in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR);
Whereas persons with visual impairments/print disabilities need access to published works in order to achieve equal opportunities in society;
Whereas the majority of persons with visual impairments/print disabilities live in developing and least-developed countries;
Whereas the World Blind Union (WBU) has determined that only 7 percent of published books in accessible formats like Braille, audio and large print are available in the richest countries, and less than 1 percent in poorer ones, calling the situation a “book famine”;
Whereas two-thirds of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) member nations have no copyright exception allowing for the production of accessible copies for people with print disabilities in their national laws, and cross-border sharing of accessible content should be facilitated under international law;
Whereas despite the differences in national copyright laws, the positive impact of new information and communication technologies on the lives of persons with visual impairments/print disabilities may be reinforced by an enhanced legal framework at the international level;
Whereas libraries serve as authorized entities and make accessible copies for library users with print disabilities; 

Whereas the WIPO International Instrument/Treaty on Limitations and Exceptions for Visually
Impaired Persons/Persons with Print Disabilities would allow authorized entities to make accessible copies of books in all signatory countries;
Whereas the treaty would make it legal to send accessible books across national borders, making more books available for the print-disabled;
Whereas cross-border sharing of accessible content could enable U.S. libraries to better serve their users by providing a broader array of accessible format copies of materials, particularly those in a variety of languages; and
Whereas WIPO nations expect to hold a diplomatic conference to finalize the treaty text; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA):
1. endorses the Obama Administration’s statement that access to information is a universal right;
2. commends the United States delegation to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for their recognition of libraries as critical providers of accessible content; and
3. supports the call for a diplomatic conference to enact the WIPO International Instrument/Treaty on Limitations and Exceptions for Visually Impaired Persons/Persons with Print Disabilities.
Endorsed by
 
International Relations Committee (IRC)
Committee on Legislation (COL)
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
Office for Information Technology (OITP) Advisory Committee

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution on United States Funding and Participation in UNESCO
Whereas ALA Policy 51 (Federal Legislative Policy) specifically recognizes the need for the United States to be a member the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  for the development of libraries in the United States and around the world;  
 
Whereas the American Library Association objected to the United States withdrawal from UNESCO in 1984 (CD 17.1, 1984), and commended President George W. Bush for returning the United States to full membership in UNESCO in 2002 (Press Release, October 2002);
 
Whereas UNESCO focuses on the advancement of values that are in alignment with those of the American Library Association (ALA);
 
Whereas these values include promotion and advancement of education around the world, freedom of expression, including a free and open Internet and media sector, the sharing of scientific knowledge, and cultural understanding through the preservation of world heritage and intercultural dialogue;
 
Whereas UNESCO works on issues relating to freedom of expression, information literacy, digital heritage and digital libraries, free and open software, open access to scientific resources, and open educational resources;
 
Whereas the United States has played a leading role in the creation and development of UNESCO, from the drafting of its constitution to the creation of some of its most successful programs;
 
Whereas Congress stopped funding UNESCO in late 2011 after the agency admitted Palestine into its membership, pursuant to US law that requires the United States to cut off funds to any United Nations agency that recognizes Palestine as a full member;
 
Whereas the State Department has made a request to Congress for a national interest waiver that will allow the United States to keep its vote in UNESCO and advocate for shared values globally through full participation in UNESCO projects;
Whereas the cessation of United States funding has created a significant deficit in UNESCO’s budget, resulting in either canceling or jeopardizing countless programs that improve people’s lives; and
 
Whereas the United States will lose its vote at the next General Conference of UNESCO in fall 2013 if dues are not paid; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA):
1. urges Congress to approve the national interest waiver so the United States can again pay its dues, and become a fully functioning member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Endorsed by
International Relations Committee (IRC)
 
I voted for this and it passed.

Personal Member Dues Adjustment

That Council approves the dues adjustment proposal and directs that it be placed on the 2013 ballot for membership approval
DATE:  January 28, 2013
 
BACKGROUND:
At their January 28, 2013 meeting, Council referred CD#14 Revised 1-11-13 to the ALA Executive Board and requested that they revise the proposal to include a review of the use of the CPI to adjust dues. The following language is proposed for placement on the 2013 spring ballot. This proposal does not require a change to the ALA bylaws, but does require approval by the membership.
 
Proposed language for the ballot:
 
RESOLVED
 
Beginning in September 2013 and continuing annually through September 2017, personal member dues will be reviewed by the ALA Executive Board, which may approve a dues adjustment not to exceed the percentage change in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year, rounded to the nearest dollar.  Any increase beyond the above provision proposed by the Executive Board will require approval by a vote of Council and a mail vote of ALA personal members.  
 
This provision shall be formally evaluated by the Executive Board and Council in 2016 with input from ALA personal members.  Any subsequent dues adjustment will require approval by a vote of the ALA Executive Board, Council and a mail vote of ALA personal members.

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution on Divestment of Holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies

This resolution was out of order so it was not considered.
Resolution affirming ALA support for whistleblowers including Bradley Manning and John Kiriakou

Resolved that the American Library Association:
Commends the signing into law of the “Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012,” and the extension of similar whistleblower protections in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
Commends Bradley Manning, John Kiriakou and other whistleblowers acting at great personal risk to ensure that the government can be held accountable by the public.

Amendment to remove resolved clause #2 and relevant whereas clauses.

I voted against this amendment and it passed.

A motion to refer this to IFC and COL for a report at annual.
I voted for this and it passed.

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