ALA Council II- Seattle

Council II was a combination of new business with two new resolutions and also a discussion regarding the ALA Headquarters and the plan to sell the current property and a 30 minute small group discussion on Organizational Effectiveness•

Policy Monitoring Committee 10 Mins
Gladys Smiley Bell, Chair, ALA CD#17_act
Committee on Organization, Shali Zhang, Chair, 10 Mins
International Relations Committee 10 Mins
Robin Kear, Chair, ALA CD#18_inf
Committee on Accreditation, Loretta Parham, Chair, 10 Mins
ALA CD#36_act and 36.1

– Freedom to Read Foundation Report 10 Mins
Charles Brownstein, FTRF President, ALA CD#22_inf

RESOLUTION-on Eliminating Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity, Peter Hepburn ALA CD#38-act (revised 1/27)- There was a significant amount of debate on this resolution due to impact and decision making authority at the national or local level.  The resolution had also been revised several times to move away from some slightly inaccurate information to a focus on urging libraries to do away with fees.  I spoke on this resolution as it isn’t simply a revenue focused issue but also a collection development issue.  I chose to vote against this resolution because this is a decision that should be made at a local library level.  The resolution passed 108-59.

RESOLUTION-in support of Civil Rights Protections for People of Diverse Gender Identities, Ann K. Symons ALA CD#41-act
There was good support for this resolution and it passed overwhelmingly.

Susan Hildreth gave an update on the plan to sell the ALA Headquarters building in downtown Chicago due to the fact that it doesn’t meet our needs, has significant infrastructure issues in terms of technology and is also in prime and expensive property areas of Chicago.  The plan is to rent property that better meets the ALA staff’s needs.

• DISCUSSION: Organizational Effectiveness-
We reviewed the documents that the Executive Board discussed related to what type of organization do we want for ALA into the future.  Our focus was on what would ALA Council look like in a new organizational plan.

ALA Council I- Seattle

Council I tends to be a session where we have a series of reports with only a few action items.

Loida introduced all the state chapter presidents in attendance and it was very nice to hear Laurel Littrel introduced as our Kansas Chapter President. The nominees for the Executive Board positions are presented and there is an opportunity to nominate additional board member candidates from the floor.    Eboni Henry, Leslie Preddy, Alex Rivera, Gladys Smiley Bell and Karen Schneider are the candidates.
Courtney Young, chair of the ALA Executive Director Search Committee shared the plan for the search and the timeline.  ALA Council had a chance to vote on additional members of the search committee.
Her report is ALA document CD#34_info
Peter Hepburn and Susan Jennings were elected to serve on the search committee.


We had one resolution for new business-  RESOLUTION-for the Adoption of Sustainability as a Core Value of Librarianship, Sara Dallas ALA CD#37-act
The goal of this resolution was to take a proactive step when possible to encourage sustainability as a Core Value.  Librarians are encouraged when possible to look for ways to incorporate sustainability in their work.  The Sustainability Taskforce will continue to work on these endeavors and also look at how this functions at conference as well.




ALA Council III

Tuesday June 26, 2018
7:45 am
The 3rd Council session of ALA traditionally begins its work with recognition of Memorials and Tributes
Herbert Biblo, M-#7
Heather Lanier, M-#8
John Byrum, M-#9
Mary Lynette Larsgaard, M-#10
Bernard (Bernie) A. Margolis, M-#11
deg farrelly, M-#12
Krista McKenzie, M-#13
Stephanie Squicciarini, M-#14

50th ALA Anniversary of Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, T-#4- Lois Ann will be greatly missed as she has been the glue that keeps ALA and the Council moving forward and has made a significant impact on all the successes of ALA.  If you have been a Councilor you know how integral Lois-Ann has been
A Tribute Resolution Honoring Pat May Upon her Retirement, T-#5
A Tribute Resolution Thanking Don Wood For His Service to ALA and ALA
Chapters, T-#6
Kent Oliver, chair of the Committee on Legislation presented an overview on the work of COL.  He shared that on Monday, the House Subcommittee presented its budget which includes level funding for LSTA and IAL.
He the following resolution
Resolution to Reunite Detained Migrant Children with their Parents

The resolution was approved.

Intellectual Freedom Committee- Helen Ruth Adams, chair
Helen shared a report on the work of IFC.  She shared ALA’s “Choose Privacy Week” website unveiled a new look and a new URL this month. “Choose Privacy Every Day” (

New Business:

Resolution on Gender Inclusive Bathrooms at ALA Conferences
and Meetings, Councilors: Ann K. Symons; Matthew Ciszek;
Sherry Machones; Ana Elisa de Campos Salles; Peter Hepburn;
Erica Findley; Ed Garcia; Louis Muñoz, Jr; Jessica Schomberg;
Melissa Cardenas-Dow; Oscar Baeza; Amy Lappin;
and Martin Garnar, ALA CD#42
There was significant concern because even though we had planned for several gender inclusive bathrooms at ALA they were not close to the major parts of the conference.  Due to several bad experiences related to bathrooms at the Convention Center a resolution was brought to Council III.
There was a lively debate about this and a couple of amendments included to insure everyone was comfortable with the resolution.

The resolution was approved.
If you would like to read the language of the resolutions or the reports shared, please find them at the Council webpage at: