ALA Council I Chicago 2013

Council I

June 30, 2013


Opening presentation about libraries work with the public on the Affordable Care Act.

Video from President Obama.

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Regular opening announcements about rules and procedures.

Reports on Executive Board actions and implementation of council actions from Mid-winter

Report on Digital Content Working Group

The highlight is that all big six publishers are now working with libraries. While those efforts fall short of what we desire, it is a positive step forward. This has taken a lot of behind the scenes work to make this happen. This group will continue work on these issues to keep improving the relationships.

Resolution in Support of Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Resolved that the American Library Association:

Recognizes Edward Snowden as a whistleblower who, in releasing information that documents government attacks on privacy, free speech, and freedom of association, has performed a valuable service in launching a national dialogue about transparency, domestic surveillance, and over classification.

I voted against this and it passed.

Resolution reaffirming ALA’s commitment to basic literacy

Resolved that ALA on behalf of its members:
Reaffirms and supports the principle that lifelong literacy is a basic right for all individuals in our society and is essential to the welfare of the nation;
Reaffirms the core value of basic literacy as foundational for people of all ages and is the building block for developing other literates;
Encourages appropriate ALA units and divisions to actively participate in the associations literacy assembly; and
Urges appropriate ALA units and libraries of all types to male basic literacy a high priority by in porting literacy initiatives into programs and services for all users.

I voted for this ad it passed

Declaration for the right to libraries resolution

Resolved that ALA

Endorses the declaration for the right to libraries

Urges that the American Library Association work to support and engage libraries and communities across the country in signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

I voted for this and it passed unanimously.

Resolution on Library Service to the Community in a natural Disaster

Resolved that ALA on behalf of its members:

1 recognizes the significant contributions of libraries and library staff who have provided effective emergency response/recovery services, and responded to the needs of their communities following hurricanes Sandy and Irene in ways that go above and beyond the regular call of duty;

2 continues to encourage libraries to continue research documenting library needs and capacity to provide effective e-government and emergency response/recovery services as an essential part of library missions;

3 shall direct a letter acknowledging the work and contributions of libraries and library staff to theState Chapters in the affected states of New York, New jersey, Vermont and Connecticut to be passed on to the appropriate parties.

It was moved to council II for rework.

Resolution on divestment of holdings in fossil fuel companies and libraries role in a peaceful transition to a fossil-free economy

Resolved that ALA:

Directs it’s endowment trustees to begin divesting in the fossil fuel industry by excludingourthreeholdingsin the “Filthy Fifteen” named in the Endowment trustees information report to BARC that have little or no significant negative impact in the short term on ALA.
Urge libraries in addition to collecting and providing information on the environment, to take steps in assisting our communities Ina peaceful transition to fossil-free energy sources, especially those communities whose economic will-being are heavily, if not completely, dependent on fossil fuels.

This was moved to Council II agenda

Resolution on Prayer in ALA meetings

Resolved that ALA

The ALA a secular institution in a country that is increasingly diverse religiously, refrains from having public prayers–or moments of silence substituting prayers–during it’s meetings. Such prayers give the implicit message of excluding those who do not share the beliefs and an implicit message that ALA sponsors or supports those beliefs. Moments of silence should be observed during meetings only to honor a specific person or event

Moved to postponed to Council II

Resolution commending the Freedom to Read Foundation for Defending Videogames

Resolved that ALA

1 commends the FTRF for recognizing Videogames as a non-print medium in libraries worthy of First Amendment protections;
2 continues to support the FTRF I defense of libraries when parented with challenges to Videogames included in gaming collections

3 continues to support the FTRF and support Game-RT so that it may be a “force for initiating and supporting game programming in libraries

4 continues to stand by the FTRF in alignment with the researchers, politicians and institutions that challenge unscientific studies attributing violent behavior to Videogames.

I voted for this and it passed.

Resolution on digitization of us government documents

Moved to refer to the committee on legislation.

I voted for this and it passed.


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