2014 Council III Las Vegas

2014 Council III Las Vegas


Normal opening business


Memorials and Tributes were read


Treasurers Report


Fiscal year 2015 budgetary ceiling of $64,078,221


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Report from Committee on Legislation


Resolution on Digitization of U.S. Government Documents

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:


1.   supports and encourages a national preservation plan for Federal Depository Library Program materials;

2.   encourages policies that promote digitization with a reasonable number of dispersed preserved copies of print FDLP materials;

3.   supports technologies that guarantee long-term, robust, verifiable, complete, accurate, authentic, preservable, and usable digital formats;


4.   works with the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the FDL community on developing procedures to authenticate and ingest digital and digitized content into FDsys from federal depository libraries and federal agencies; and


5.   supports the creation of a no-fee, searchable, online inventory of digital and digitized government materials with downloadable metadata.

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Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA)

1. reaffirms its support for network neutrality and open Internet policies that enable access in the library, through remote access to library resources, or by other means;

2. calls on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to codify network neutrality principles following its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Docket Number 14-28;

3. encourages library supporters to become engaged in the FCC’s current Notice of a Proposed Rulemaking on network neutrality; and

4. urges library supporters to advocate for the development of enforceable policies, whether in legislative proposals or regulatory proceedings, that ensure that the Internet remains an open platform for activities such as information exchange, intellectual discourse, civic engagement, creativity, innovation, and learning.



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Report from Intellectual Freedom Committee


We approved the new interpretations of Intellectual Freedom Manual – Ninth Edition


There was significant discussion of the label section. There will be improvements on that section in the future.


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Report from the Committee on Professional Ethics



Copyright: An Interpretation of the Code of Ethics

(30 June 2014)

Article IV of the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association states that librarians “respect intellectual property rights and advocate balance between the interests of information users and rights holders.” Copyright is the aspect of intellectual property most pertinent for libraries. Copyright, as established by the U.S. Constitution and the Copyright Act, is a system of rights granted by the law combined with limitations on those rights.

A shared purpose of copyright and libraries is to benefit the public through the creation and dissemination of information and creative works. In pursuit of this goal, copyright law should balance the public’s need to access and use informative and creative works and the interests of rights holders. Libraries have both the opportunity and the obligation to work towards that balance when they engage in activities such as acquiring information resources for their communities, curating and preserving cultural heritage, establishing services and programs to enhance access to information, and lending books or other resources.

Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to pass law “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” Copyright law incentivizes creation of writings, art, music, and other works by granting creators the right to control and profit from some uses of their work, while limiting those rights to ensure balance with others’ rights and interests.

Copyright law provides a copyright holder the rights to make copies of the work, create derivatives, distribute the work to the public, and perform or display the work in public. Copyright law provides the public the right to make fair use of the copyrighted work, to use noncopyrightable aspects of the work, to sell or transfer a copy of the work (the “first sale doctrine”), and ultimately to have full use of the work when the copyright term expires. Copyright law also provides numerous specific exceptions for libraries, archives, and nonprofit educational institutions. Depending on the nature of the institution, these exceptions may include the ability to make copies for users, preserve and replace copies of works, and perform or display works in the course of teaching.

Libraries and their parent institutions have a responsibility to promote and maintain policies and procedures that are consistent with their ethical obligations, their institutional missions, and the law, including copyright law. Such policies and procedures should respect both the rights of copyright holders and the rights of users of copyrighted works.

Librarians are sources of copyright information for their user communities. Consequently, librarians should remain informed about copyright developments, particularly those that can limit or restrict the rights of users or libraries. Librarians should develop a solid understanding of the purpose of the law and knowledge of the details of the law relevant to the activities of the library, the ability to critically analyze circumstances relying on fair use or other limits to the rights of copyright holders, and the confidence to implement the law using good judgment. Librarians and library staff should be educated to recognize and observe copyright and its limits, to understand and act on their rights and those of their users, and to be ready to inform or properly refer users with questions pertaining to copyright.

Librarians have a proud history of advocating for the public interest. Copyright law should not expand the rights of copyright holders without sufficiently considering or benefitting the public interest. When the balance between rights holders and information users needs to be restored, librarians should engage with rights holders and legislators and advocate on behalf of their users and user rights.


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Report from the international Relations Committee


Resolved that the Council of the American Library Association directs that ALA become a signatore to the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development.


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Here is some additional information about the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development.


Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development

The Lyon Declaration of August 2014 was written in English. The wording of the English version shall prevail.

The United Nations is negotiating a new development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. The agenda will guide all countries on approaches to improving people’s lives, and outline a new set of goals to be reached during the period 2016-2030.

We, the undersigned, believe that increasing access to information and knowledge across society, assisted by the availability of information and communications technologies (ICTs), supports sustainable development and improves people’s lives.

We therefore call upon the Member States of the United Nations to make an international commitment to use the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.


Sustainable development seeks to ensure the long-term socio-economic prosperity and well-being of people everywhere. The ability of governments, parliamentarians, local authorities, local communities, civil society, the private sector and individuals to make informed decisions is essential to achieving it.

In this context, a right to information would be transformational. Access to information supports development by empowering people, especially marginalised people and those living in poverty, to:

  • Exercise their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
  • Be economically active, productive and innovative.
  • Learn and apply new skills.
  • Enrich cultural identity and expression.
  • Take part in decision-making and participate in an active and engaged civil society.
  • Create community-based solutions to development challenges.
  • Ensure accountability, transparency, good governance, participation and empowerment.
  • Measure progress on public and private commitments on sustainable development.


In accordance with the findings of the High Level Panel on the Post–2015 Development Agenda, the post-2015 consultations of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Open Working Group Focus Area Report, all of which identified the crucial role of access to information in supporting development, we, the undersigned, recognise that:

1. ​Poverty is multidimensional, and progress in eradicating poverty is linked to ensuring sustainable development across a variety of areas.

  1. ​ Sustainable development must take place in a human-rights based framework, where:

a) Inequality is reduced by the empowerment, education and inclusion of marginalized groups, including women, indigenous peoples, minorities, migrants, refugees, persons with disabilities, older persons, children and youth.

b) Gender equality, along with full social, economic and political engagement, can be significantly enhanced by empowering women and girls through equitable access to education.

c) Dignity and autonomy can be strengthened by ensuring access to employment and decent jobs for all.

d) Equitable access to information, freedom of expression, freedom of association and assembly, and privacy are promoted, protected and respected as being central to an individual’s independence.

e) Public participation of all is ensured to allow them to take ownership of change needed to improve their lives.

  1. ​ Increased access to information and knowledge, underpinned by universal literacy, is an essential pillar of sustainable development. Greater availability of quality information and data and the involvement of communities in its creation will provide a fuller, more transparent allocation of resources.
  2. ​ Information intermediaries such as libraries, archives, civil society organisations (CSOs), community leaders and the media have the skills and resources to help governments, institutions and individuals communicate, organize, structure and understand data that is critical to development. They can do this by:

a) Providing information on basic rights and entitlements, public services, environment, health, education, work opportunities, and public expenditure that supports local communities and people to guide their own development.

b) Identifying and focusing attention on relevant and pressing needs and problems within a population.

c) Connecting stakeholders across regional, cultural and other barriers to facilitate communication and the exchange of development solutions that could be scaled for greater impact.

d) Preserving and ensuring ongoing access to cultural heritage, government records and information by the public, through the stewardship of national libraries and archives and other public heritage institutions.

e) Providing public forums and space for wider civil society participation and engagement in decision-making.

f) Offering training and skills to help people access and understand the information and services most helpful to them.

5. ​Improved ICT infrastructure can be used to expand communications, speed up the delivery of services and provide access to crucial information particularly in remote communities. Libraries and other information intermediaries can use ICTs to bridge the gap between national policy and local implementation to ensure that the benefits of development reach all communities.

6. ​We, the undersigned, therefore call on Member States of the United Nations to acknowledge that access to information, and the skills to use it effectively, are required for sustainable development, and ensure that this is recognised in the post-2015 development agenda by:

a) Acknowledging the public’s right to access information and data, while respecting the right to individual privacy.

b) Recognising the important role of local authorities, information intermediaries and infrastructure such as ICTs and an open Internet as a means of implementation.

c) Adopting policy, standards and legislation to ensure the continued funding, integrity, preservation and provision of information by governments, and access by people.

d) Developing targets and indicators that enable measurement of the impact of access to information and data and reporting on progress during each year of the goals in a Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report.


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What is the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development?

The Lyon Declaration is an advocacy document that will be used to positively influence the content of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda. It was drafted by IFLA and a number of strategic partners in the library and development communities between January and May 2014.

The Declaration states clearly that access to information supports development by empowering people to:

  • Exercise their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights
  • Learn and apply new skills
  • Make decisions and participate in an active and engaged civil society
  • Create community-based solutions to development challenges
  • Ensure accountability, transparency, good governance, and empowerment
  • Measure progress on public and private commitments on sustainable development.

The Declaration calls upon United Nations Member States to make an international commitment through the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.

The Declaration will be launched at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, 15-22 August 2014. Organisations who share the vision expressed will be invited to sign the Declaration between May 2014 and August 2015.

Read the Declaration.

Why should I sign the Lyon Declaration?

You should sign the Lyon Declaration:

  • if your institution or organisation believes that increasing access to information and knowledge across society supports sustainable development and improves peoples’ lives.
  • if you believe that (ICTs) have a crucial role to play in increasing people’s access to information and development prospects.
  • if you want to see the United Nations create a development policy framework that recognises this, and places access to information at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.
  • if your organisation supports the role of libraries and other information intermediaries in supporting development.


How do I sign the Lyon Declaration?

Contact IFLA’s Policy and Projects Officer, Julia Brungs by 1 August 2014 including the full name of your organisation, name of your authorized signatory who can represent the organisation, and logo. Please indicate whether you grant IFLA permission to publish the name of your organisation on this website.

What happens next?

The Lyon Declaration will form the basis of advocacy between the period September 2014 and September 2015. IFLA, in partnership with signatories, will organise events and activities to raise the profile of the Declaration at national, regional and international levels, with the intention to ensure that access to information is recognised in the framework to be launched by the United Nations at the end of 2015.

We strongly encourage you to utilise the Lyon Declaration for your own advocacy and help to make a difference to people worldwide by enabling access to information.


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Current Signatories to the

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development

1. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

2. Access

3. Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC)

4. Andaluza de Bibliotecarios

5. Article 19

6. Association des Professionnels Bibliothécaires Archivistes et Documentalistes (APROBAD)

7. Association for Progressive Communications

8. Association of Danish Public Library Managers

9. Association of librarians of France (ABF)

10. Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

11. Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR)

12. Bibliothecarii Medicinae Fenniae ry (BMF)

13. Bibliothèques Sans Frontières / Libraries Without Borders

14. Cambodian Center for Human Rights

15. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

16. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

17. Conference of SE Asia Librarians (CONSAL)

18. Consejo Nacional para Asuntos Bibliotecarios de las Instituciones de Educación Superior A.C. (CONPAB-IES)

19. Development Initiatives

20. Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)

21. Estonian Librarians Association

22. European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)

23. Fed. Española de Soc. de Archivística Biblioteconomía Documentación y Museística (FESABID)

24. Finnish Library Association

25. FOBID Netherlands Library Forum

26. Forum of Argentine Journalism

27. Foundation for Press Freedom – FLIP

28. Freedom Forum

29. Global Integrity

30. Global Partners Digital


32. Index on Censorship

33. Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information (Indonesia)

34. International Federation of Journalists Asia Pacific

35. International Records Management Trust

36. Internet Democracy Project

37. kiwanja.net

38. Library & Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA)

39. Media Watch Bangladesh

40. Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) Australia

41. Narva Central Library

42. National Library of Israel

43. National Library of Latvia

44. National Library of Luxembourg

45. National Library of Montenegro “Djurdje Crnojevic”

46. National Library of Scotland

47. National Library of Spain

48. National Library of the Philippines

49. Observatoria Latinoamericano Para La Libertad De Expresion (OLA)

50. ONG Derechos Digitales

51. Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

52. Partnerships in Health Information (PHI)

53. Public Association “Journalists”

54. Public Knowledge

55. Russian Library Association

56. Swedish Library Association

57. Swiss National Library

58. Worldpulse





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