2014 ALA Council II Las Vegas

2014 ALA Council II Las Vegas


Usual beginning housekeeping


Report from Policy Monitoring Committee


One action item that required action was to place a resolution from Mid-Winter into the Policy manual. This regarded the posting of association documents in places where people can find it.


Recognition of retiring councilors and executive board members.


Report from the Committee on Committees


ACTION item #1:​Resolved, that Council approves as policy the following provision:

Each chair of an ALA Committee or a Council Committee is responsible for submitting to the ALA Executive Director at least two times each year a substantive report on the committee’s work and accomplishments so that these reports can be made available to all interested ALA members. Such reports may address, but not be limited to, matters such as accomplishments, planned activities, issues that affect the committee’s work and their implications for the future, interactions with other units within ALA, relationship of the committee’s work to the ALA strategic plan, current level of committee members’ involvement (more substantive than an attendance roll), committee self-check on its value and viability (update charge, discontinue committee, consolidate with another, change structure, other observations).


I voted against this one as I thought it was procedure not policy. It passed.


ACTION item #2:​Resolved, that Council approves the following revision to ALA policy A.4.3.12:

A Membership Initiative Groups (MIG) is formed when a group of ALA members identifies a common concern or interest about librarianship which falls outside the delegated responsibility of a single division, roundtable, or unit, and wishes to establish a short-term, renewable mechanism to address this concern or interest. To establish a MIG, which must be approved by COO and reported to Council, a group must submit to the Committee on Organization a statement of purpose, at least one hundred signatures of ALA members in good standing, and the names and addresses of designated organizers. Once established, a MIG may operate for three years at which point it may re-petition for another three- year term or may request another place within the ALA structure by following the procedures for establishing that type of group, or may request the ALA COO to disband it. The re-petitioning process can be renewed every three years. If the re-petition process is not carried out when due, the MIG will be disbanded.


I voted for this and it passed.


Report from Freedom to Read Foundation


Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia Government budget Autonomy to Allow City Services, including Libraries, to Remain Open during a Federal Government Shutdown.


Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia Government Budget Autonomy to Allow City Services, including Libraries, to Remain Open during a Federal Government Shutdown

Whereas Congress did not pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at the beginning of fiscal year 2014;

Whereas the District of Columbia (D.C.) government had passed its budget for fiscal year 2014 but was unable to spend local tax revenue without authorization from Congress;

Whereas D.C.’s nearly 700,000 residents would have been subject to a government shutdown if Mayor Vincent Gray had not declared all D.C. government employees to be essential and used the city’s reserve fund to pay them;

Whereas a D.C.-government shutdown would have deprived its citizens of access to the 26 public library branches throughout the city, access to the 90 meeting and study rooms in those branches, library services to patrons with disabilities, resources from the library’s adult literacy division, and the library’s early childhood literacy campaign, and

Whereas during October 2013, the month of the shutdown, the DC Public Library registered 2,207 children and teens for library services, served 22,875 children through programming, held classes for 1667 patrons in library space, and provided access to 35,031 people who used the library for meetings in the library’s public meeting space, now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the American Library Association urges Congress to grant the District of Columbia budget autonomy in order to prevent the unnecessary closing of city government facilities, including public libraries, in the event of a federal government shutdown.

Mover: Christopher Corrigan, DCLA Chapter Councilor, (202) 276-2581

Seconder: Jennifer Boettcher, RUSA Councilor, (571) 216-3499


I voted for this and it passed.




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