ALA Council I and Town Hall

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 8:30am-9:30am
Georgia World Congress Center
Thomas Murphy Ballroom 3-4
The Executive Director of ALA will be retiring in August 2017 so a search committee has been created.  Courtney shared the process and in addition to the leadership of ALA there is an opportunity for the Divisions and Roundtables to have a person on the search team.  Council voted on two additional people from Council to serve on the search term.
The biggest conversation element of the search process was whether to require that the in-coming Executive Director have an MLS or make it preferred.

Another item that is creating quite a buzz at conference in Atlanta is a recommendation coming to Council about ALA Annual Conference 2018 in New Orleans.  Clara Bohrer is leading a committee focused on conference reorganization.  The goal is to reduce the footprint of Annual Conference, create a one stop place for program proposal submission and focusing the conference programs to the middle part of the 5 days.
Council will be debating the recommendations at Council II

We finished the Council session with a vote on bestowing an ALA Honorary Membership Nomination to Ann Simons.

Following Council I we had a facilitated discussion focused on ALA memberships concerns as it relates to the new administration.
The Town Hall session was live streamed through the ALA’s Facebook page.


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