ALA 2011 San Diego Council III

2011 ALA San Diego Council III

Normal housekeeping business

Memorials and Tributes

Announce election results to the Executive Board.

Report from Consitution and bylaws.

First resolution was voted previously and required to be voted again per the bylaws.

This dealt with language about Endowment Trustees.

I voted for this and it passed.

The next items changed wording about the Exec. Director to make him non-voting.

I voted for this and it passed.

Changed a bylaw to codify the process for filling vacancies.

I voted for this and it passed.

The next item added “roundtables” to the charge of the Committee on Election to make the wording accurate with practice.

I voted for this and it passed.

The next item was as follows:

All eleceted at large, divisional, and roundtable councilors, except those elected to fill vacancies,
shall serve terms of three years, commencing at the adjournment of the final ALA Council meeting of the annual conference following their election.”

I voted for this and it passed.

The last item was to be amended as follows:

A vacancy in the membership of Council representing the Association at large shall be filled at the following election to complete the unexpired term and

take effect immediately after the election is certified.

Report from the Intellectual Freedom Committee

Resolution on Access to and Classification of Government Information

Resolved, that ALA

1.  Commends President Barack Obama for establishing the Naional Declassification Agency and issuing Executive Order 13526 on Classified National Security

Information and supports and encourage expanded initiatives to reform the US classification system;
2. Urges Congress to pass legislation that expands protections for whislteblowers in the Federal government, such as the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement

Act of 2010.
3. Urges the US President, Congress, the federal courts, and executive and legislative agencies to defend the inalienable right of the press and citizens to

disseminate information to the public about national security issues and to refrain from initiatives that impair these rights;
4. Affirms the principle that government information made public within the boundaries of US law should be available through libraries and the press without

restriction.

I voted for this and it passed.

Report from the Committee on Legislation

Resolution Commending the US Congress and the President on the Reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act

Resolved, the ALA Commends the leadership of Senator Jack Reed, co-sponsors Senators Thad Cochran, Richard Burr, Tom Harkin, Susan Collins, Michael Enzi, and

Jon Tester and the members of the United States Senate and House of Representative, and President Barack Obama for thier efforts to sustain the federal role

supporting library services, as the cornerstone of our nation’s information infrastructure.

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution on Susan Hildreth

Resolved, that ALA  commends President Obama for nominating Ms. Hildreth to serve as director of IMLS and the United States for confirming her.

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution Thanking Bob Tapella as 25th Public printer of the US

Resolved, that the ALA express gratitude to Mr. Tapella for his service as the nation’s 25th Public Printer.

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution commending Sen. Jack Reed.

Resolved that ALA commends Senator Jack Reed for his tireless efforts working to convince the Federal Emeregency Management Agency to amend its policies to

recognize libraries as essential community organizations, thus entitled to reimbursement for temporary relocation facilities.

I voted for this and it passed.
Report from International Relations Committee.

Resolution amendment:

Executive Director will provide registrants with information on how to determine whether there are labor disputes at hotels with contracted housing blocks,

so that registrants can decide whether to utilize the information when making hotel choices.

I voted against this amendment and it failed.

We returned to the original resolution about Do not patronize lists.

I voted against it failed.

Resolution in support of requesting congress to reintroduce and vote on the dream act

Resolved that ALA
1  Urges members of the Congress of the US to re-introduce and vote for the DREAM Act.
2.  Urges members of the Congress to include community service and vocational education – in addition to attending college and joining the military – as a

pathway to citizenship.
3. Asserts that having higher education, military service, or community service will provide these immigrant children greater success in life through higher

lifetime earnings, higher income tax contributions, greater contributions to the economy and less reliance on government assistance.

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution on the removal and censorship of artwork from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery

Resolved that ALA

1. Commends the National Portrait Gallery for its inclusion of materials that reflect the diversity of our society, including those related to religious

viewpoint, specifically as presented in the Hide/Seek Exhibition;
2. commends the National Portrait Gallery for its inclusion of materials that reflect the diversity of our society, including those related to sex, gender

identity, and sexual orientation, specifically as presented in the hide/Seek Exhibition;
3. Condemns the censorship of the Hide/Seek Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery,
4. Urges the National Portrait Gallery to immediately reinstate the video artwork by David Wojnarowicz to the Hide/Seek Exhibition at the National Portrait

Gallery,
5. Urges the National Portrait Gallery to refuse to censor by removal or alteration other works of art from any exhibition or collection; and
6. urges the Smithsonian Institution to fight censorship of works of art or collections dealing with any subject matter; including sex, gender indentity,

sexual orientation, or religious viewpoint in its national galleries, museums, archives and libraries.

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution on WikiLeaks and Federal Agencies

Moved to table.

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution in support of Wikileaks

Resolved that ALA
1. supports the rights of WikiLeaks to publish leaked voernment documents.
2. Commends the efforts of WikiLeaks to expune from documents names and other material deemed potentially harmful to innocent people.
3. Commends WikiLeaks for performing a public service by making available important documents related to foreign and miliatry policy,
4. Urges libraries to link their websites to the WikiLeaks websites, and
5. Condemns the harassment of WikiLeaks volunteers.

Moved to Table.

I voted to table and it passed to table.

Attendance for the conference

7,549 attendees  2,561 vendors  for a total of 10,110  compared to Boston 11,095 and Denver 10,220

We adjourned early.

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