2014 ALA Council I Las Vegas
(Sorry these are late posting – I had technical difficulties at the conference and had to wait until I returned home to be able to post. RB)
Normal opening topics such as going over the rules and procedures.
Approval of minutes
Introduction of guests
Video of Tom Wheeler, President of the FCC about modernizing the e-rate program.
Committee on Committees Election
Planning and Budget Election
Task force on Electronic Communication for the ALA Council
Item 1: Resolution approving guidelines for the Council Electronic List.
Resolved that the Council of the American Library Association approve the following guidelines for the Council List
1. The Council Secretary, or his/her designate, will manage the membership of the Council Electronic List.
2. Full privileges (read and write) to the Council Electronic List are limited to current members of ALA Council, ALA and Council Committee Chairs, and to authorized ALA staff. Read-only access by any other ALA Members who have access to the network is available through application to the Council Secretary or his/her designate.
3. Councilors may only post from their subscribed email address(es). Each Councilor is responsible for keeping his/her email address up-to-date with the Council Secretary or his/her designate.
4. The Council Electronic List shall remain un-moderated.
5. Councilors may communicate informally with each other on the Council list. The list may be used for official communications at times. The Council list may be used for discussing issues and resolutions pertaining to the business of Council
6. The Council Secretary, or his/her designate shall be responsible for the following activities related to the Council Electronic List:
a. Updating e-mail addresses of current participants.
b. Validating e-mail addresses of new subscribers.
c. Responding to questions and referring inquiries as appropriate.
d. Other duties as necessary based on growth and experience of the list.
This passed and I voted for it.
Item 2: Resolution approving guidelines for the posting of Council Documents
Resolved that the Council of the American Library Association approves the following guidelines for Council Documents
1. Council Documents will be posted to the Council area on ALA Connect as public documents.
b. The ALA Connect link will then be distributed to the Council List.
c. Since Council documents are public documents, anyone who receives the link will be able to access the documents regardless of subscription status on ALA Connect.
2. Document Naming Conventions:
a. Files will be located in the files section of the Council area on Connect.
b. Council documents are named with the Council Document Number –
The following information will appear in the upper right hand corner of on each Council document respectively: 2013-2014 ALA CD#10-10.1–6/9/14-4:00pm (action)
c. When a file is being moved to the ALA council page, the term “final” will be appended.
d. Resolutions will use the same file naming convention.
e. Each time a document changes, it will be re-posted to ALA Connect.
3. The Council Secretary, or his/her designate, is responsible for the following activities related to Council Documents:
a. Posting reports, resolutions and other documents to the Council section of ALA Connect as public documents.
b. Maintaining an authoritative set of documents for use by Council in case either internet access or ALA Connect becomes unavailable during a Council meeting.
c. Updating the status of documents to “final” or “approved” or “adopted “as appropriate.
d. Posting these document files to the ALA Council Website.
This passed and I voted for it.
Item 3 Resolution for the future review of these guidelines
Resolved that the Council of the American Library Association charges The Executive Director, as the Secretary of the Council, or his/her designate, to review these guidelines at a minimum of three years or as necessary and report to Council on their continued effectiveness.
I voted for this and it passed.
Executive Board actions since the 2014 Midwinter Meeting
Implementation of the 2014 Midwinter Meeting Council Actions
Digital Content and Libraries Working Group
Resolution in Support of Stable funding for Air Force Libraries
2013-2014 ALA CD#43_62814_act
2014 ALA Annual Conference
Resolution in Support of Stable Funding for Air Force Libraries
Whereas the American Library Association supports the principle of equal access to information through the maintenance of publicly funded institutions providing library and information services;
Whereas the seventy-four general Air Force Base and Command libraries provide those essential services to Air Force personnel and their families;
Whereas Air Force Base libraries provide educational materials and services such as test study guides for individual learning and professional development, computers, and access to the military network that non-military libraries cannot provide;
Whereas Air Force Base libraries provide mission support materials and information on topics critical to mission success including aeronautics, aviation, base and unit histories, and access to Air Force-specific training sites;
Whereas Air Force Base libraries share resources with public, academic, and special libraries throughout the United States via cooperative agreements and relationships;
Whereas the Air Force Base libraries are staffed with experienced, professional librarians and dedicated staff who facilitate access to information, answering detailed reference questions from active duty and retired military members and families;
Whereas Air Force Base libraries have experienced budget cuts annually for the last 6 years resulting in material, staff, service, and hours of operation cuts;
Whereas Air Force Base libraries have been particularly affected by fiscal year 2013 and 2014 defense budget cuts and sequestration actions at all levels of funding resulting in large cuts to staff, service, and hours of operation; and
Whereas the thirteen Air Combat Command libraries lost Command level funding for staff or library materials in the summer of 2013 and will lose their Integrated Library System in May 2014; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:
1. urges the United States Congress to direct the Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Air
Force (USAF) to restore funding to Air Force Base and Command Libraries to FY2011 levels for
staffing, materials, services and programs.
2. urges the Administration, DoD and USAF to develop responsible information and budget management
strategies for Air Force Base and Command Libraries that aligns them with directly with appropriated
funds, rather than through base operations, where library funding is vulnerable to additional local cuts.
Endorsement: Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table, April 2014
Legislative Assembly Member: Richard Huffine, 202-253-3511, email@example.com
Moved by: Vicky Crone, FAFLRT Councilors
Seconded by: Larry Romans, ALA Councilor-at-Large
About Air Force Base Libraries:
- There are 74 general Air Force Base libraries. They support the Air Force mission, higher education, and the quality of life of Air Force personnel and their families. There were 5.1 million individuals and 6 million Internet users of Air Force Base Library services in FY2013.
- Air Force Base libraries provide educational materials and services such as DANTES test study guides for individual learning and professional development, Computer Access Card (CAC)-enabled computers, and access to the military network that non-military libraries cannot provide.
- Air Force Base libraries provide mission support materials and services such as aeronautics, aviation, USAF history, base and unit histories, and access to Air Force-specific training sites.
- Air Force Base libraries provide trusted and safe places for service members and families to study and gather for collaboration and community support.
- Air Force Base libraries contract for online and in-hand information utilizing group purchasing power and negotiate discounted pricing to serve all military constituents while expending a minimal amount of citizen tax dollars.
- Air Force Base libraries share resources with public, academic, and special libraries throughout the USA via cooperative agreements and relationships; and
- Air Force Base libraries loaned out 10.3 million items in FY13 from their multimillion dollar collections owned and paid for by tax dollars.
- Air Force Base libraries staff members have specialized library and Air Force training, fully understand the military and USAF ethos, and can tailor information delivery and services to suit specific requests by Airmen.
- Air Force Base libraries have experienced budget cuts annually for the last 6 years resulting in material, staff, service, and hours of operation cuts.
- Air Force Base libraries have been particularly badly affected by fiscal year 2013 and 2014 defense budget cuts and sequestration actions at all levels of funding resulting in large cuts to staff, service, and hours of operation.
- Due to funding cuts, six Air Force Base libraries (Davis-Monthan, Nellis, Offutt, Dyess, Hill, and Kirtland) have closed since June 2013, a further three (F. E. Warren, Dover, and Robins) are scheduled to close or have had plans to close them submitted, and a further eight Air Force Base libraries no longer employ a professional librarian; and
About Air Combat Command Libraries:
- The 13 Air Combat Command Libraries lost Command level funding for staff or library materials (resulting in the closure of four of them and severe staff and hours cuts for the others) in the summer of 2013 and will lose their Integrated Library System in May 2014.
Resolution on Saving Federal Libraries, 062806-CD20.10
Resolution on Federal Libraries and Information Centers as Governmental Activities, 011189-CD39
June 28, 2014
I voted for this and it passed.
Registration 18,185 in Las Vegas compared to 22,303 in Chicago last year and 17699 in Anaheim the year before.