2014 Council III Philadelphia

2014 Council III

We heard Memorials and Tributes


Augusta “Gussie” Clark
Major Owens
Nasser Sharify
Bohdan Stephan Wynar


Resolution honoring Giovanni’s Room Bookstore and Owner Ed Hermance
John D Rockefeller

The results of Executive Board elections were:

Peter Hepburn
Gail Schlacter
Gina Persichini

and Mike Marlin will fill an unexpired term

Report from Intellectual Freedom Committee

Resolution on expanding federal whistleblower protection

Resolved, that ALA on behalf of it’s members:

urges congress to amend the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 to extend existing legal protections for whistleblowers to employees of all national security and intelligence agencies, and to non-federal employees working for civilian contractors;
2. Urges congress to establish a secure procedure by which all federal employees, and all non-federal employees working for civilian contractors, may safely share evidence they have discovered of fraud, waste, or abuse with the appropriate oversight committees of congress, and directly with the press and the American people, with the protection of legally enforceable rights against retaliation or prosecution
3. commends the courage and perseverance of federal employees, and non-federal employees working working for civilian contractors, who risk their livelihoods, their reputations and their liberty to expose evidence of government fraud, waste or abuse.

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution on Curbing Government Surveillance and RestoringCivilLibertyies
Part I

Resolved, that the ALA

calls upon Congress to pass legislation supporting the reforms embodied in HR 3361/S.1499 as introduced, and upon the President to sign such legislation.

I voted for this and it passed

Resolution on Curbing Government Surveillance and Restoring Civil Liberties Part II

Resolved that ALA
commends Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman james Sensenbrenner for sponsoring the USA FREEDOM ACT, the 143 legislators in the Senate and the House who have co sponsored it, and the 85 organizations that have endorsed it, as of January 27, 2014.

I voted for this and it passed.

Report from the Committee on Legislation

Resolution on maintaining government websites during a government shutdown

Resolved that ALA:

urges the President to direct the Office of Management and Budget and Department of Justice to develop guidance to federal agencies stating that, in the event of a government shutdown or other emergency, continued access by the public to essential GPO-harvested information on agency websites is an “excepted” activity that would warrant the retention of paid personnel or the obligation of funds to assure access;
urges the Office of Management and Budget, in the absence of such a guideline, to direct each agency to communicate the status during a shutdown of its website to the Government Printing Office or another appropriate agency, which would widely communicate and update information about which agencies are maintaining their websites, which are updating them and which are closing them;
urges OMB to require each agency to determine what information is essential and should be available if a government shutdown or emergency should occur. For such an occurrence, develop a contingency plan for continued public access information;
urges OMB to direct agencies to work with GPO in hosting their online publications and data in the Federal Digital System or other publicly accessible means;
urges GPO to expand its automated harvesting of Federal agencies; websites and to redirect persistent uniform resource locators to GPO-harvested copies rather than agency websites; and
urges that GPO or another appropriate agency be directed to maintain a clearinghouse of webpages that provide alternate ways of accessing government information.

There was a resolution to remove point #1.
I voted against it and it failed

I voted for this resolution and it passed.

Report from the ALA Awards Committee

Resolution to establish the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

This is a $3,000 award with $1000 travel and $1000 administrative costs. This will be evaluated at 3 years and is funded for 5 years. If it is successful, a foundation will be developed to fund this for the future.

I voted for this and it passed.

Final Registration figures are

12,207 attendees


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