Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia Government Budget Autonomy Allowing City Services, Including Libraries, to Remain Open During a Federal Government Shutdown

Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia Government Budget Autonomy Allowing City Services, Including Libraries, to Remain Open During a Federal Government Shutdown

Whereas while Congress and the President could not come to terms on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government during the beginning of fiscal year 2014, the District of Columbia (D.C.) had passed its budget for that year,

Whereas currently, D.C.’s government is unable to spend local tax revenue without authorization from Congress,

Whereas if not for the actions of Mayor Vincent Gray, who took the unprecedented step to declare all D.C. government employees to be essential, D.C.’s nearly 700,000 residents would have been subject to a government shutdowncoinciding with the federal government shutdownthereby depriving them of:

  1. access to the 26 public library branches throughout the city,
  2. access to the 90 meeting and study rooms in those branches,
  3. library services to patrons with disabilities including:


ii. iii.

80,000 titles from the D.C. Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped,
the annual D.C. Mayoral Disability Services Exposition,
the annual Accessibility Camp

  1. resources from the library’s adult literacy division including,
    1. GED tutoring
    2. English language conversation circles for ESL learners
  2. the library’s early childhood literacy campaign,
  3. access to the drop in jobs seekers clinics for D.C. residents seeking employment,
  4. homework help from,


I. The American Library Association recognizes the District of Columbia’s budget as separate from the federal government’s and calls on the Congress and the President to:

A. Grant the District of Columbia budget autonomy thereby,
i. Preventing the unnecessary closer of public libraries in the event of a federal government shutdown which would allow,
ii. District of Columbia residents much needed access services the DC Public Library provides.

II. Commends the administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray who used the city’s reserve fund to keep the government and libraries open to D.C. residents.
III. Recognizes the hard work of all D.C. Public Library staff members who steadfastly served their community during the uncertain times of October 2013.

2012 ALA Anaheim Council II

We heard the financial report.

We approved FY 2012 Budgtetary Ceiling of $65,026,831.

Report on Policy Manual Revision Task Force.

Motion to adopt CD#10.1-10.4

I voted for this and it passed.

Report from International Relations Committee

Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success
Whereas, school librarians help students acquire unique skills not taught in the classroom and information and technology skills essential for students in the 21st century; and
Whereas, there has been research conducted in 22 states and a Canadian Province that provides significant evidence indicating the value added to student’s academic development by the presence of a strong school library program led by a credentialed librarian;
Whereas, the most universal finding is that the presence of full-time, credentialed school librarians and appropriate support staff who implement a quality, school integrated program of library services is directly related to these student educational gains; and
Whereas, it has been shown that incremental increases in the following can result in incremental gains in student learning:
• Increased hours of access for both individual student visits and group visits by classes
• Larger collections of print and electronic resources with access at school and from home
• Up-to-date technology with connectivity to databases and automated collections
• Instruction implemented in collaboration with teachers that is integrated with classroom curriculum and allows students to learn and practice such 21st century skills as problem-solving, critical thinking and communication of ideas and information
• Increased student usage of school library services
• Higher total library expenditures
• Leadership activities by the librarian in providing professional development for teachers, serving  on key committees, and meeting regularly with the principal; and
Whereas, quality school library programs provide academic instruction and support to those students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in closing the achievement gap with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in college and career; and
Whereas, the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs has not only had a negative impact on students and student achievement in K-12 learning environments, but also a negative impact on the ability of youth to utilize the resources of public and academic libraries;  and
Whereas, more than 28,000 citizens signed a White House petition to ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program and asking that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs in order to ensure more students have access to the school librarians, resources and tools that constitute a 21st century learning environment; and
Whereas, in its response, the Obama administration acknowledged that “School libraries do much more than house books and store data: a school library can broaden the horizon of learning for students and link them with communities and experiences far beyond their own classroom and community”;
Whereas, members of the American Library Association, as librarians, educators and contributors to our communities, recognize that there is an interdependence among types of libraries within a community,  where what affects school libraries affects our profession as a whole, and that school libraries are at the center of this ecosystem; and members of ALA have an obligation to help ensure that every child in America  receives a strong foundation in literacy,  including the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in a dynamic and competitive 21st century economy, now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the American Library Association
1. directs the ALA Presidential Task Force on School Libraries to lead the Association in its continued mission to address the urgent need for advocacy for school libraries, school librarians, and the impact of the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs on students and student achievement, continuing to engage librarians of all types from across the association to advocate for school libraries, which are imperative to the survival and success of all libraries;
2. encourages state associations and affiliates to influence legislation requiring adequate funding and appropriate staffing of school libraries in schools at all levels;
3. places a high priority on seeing that upcoming ESEA legislation recognizes and specifically supports the necessity for effective school library programs and credentialed school librarians;
4. works to encourage federal lobbying efforts to include school libraries in legislation and regulations, including areas such as digital literacy and broadband; and,
5. actively seeks partnerships with national organizations to reach mutual goals of sustaining school libraries.
Revised 6/24/12

Mover: Sara Kelly Johns, AASL:, 518.569.2339

Seconder: Cynthia Czesak, Chapter Relations Committee:, 201-317-1832

I voted for this and it passed.

We discussed proposed changes in conference structure.


16,231 atttendees

18,061 New Orleans





ALA 2012 Anaheim

Council I

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nominations for the Committee on Committees and for the Planning and Budget Assembly were presented.

Keith Michael Fiels reported on actions since Midwinter.

Council conducted a self-assessment. The results were discussed by Maureen Sullivan.

We broke into small groups to brainstorm ideas of how to move the Council forward to improve our work and effectiveness.

We heard a report from Sari Feldman, and Robert Wolven about the Digitan Content & Libraries Working Group.

Whereas voting is an essential citizenship right;

Whereas past attempts to restrict voting have included poll taxes and literacy tests;

Whereas the 2008 national elections were the most racially diverse in American history, helping to close the longstanding gap between whites and voters of color;

Whereas voter ID laws, restrictions on voter registration, purging of voter rolls, and cuts to early voting are the latest tactics for suppression of voting by historically disenfranchised groups, including people of color, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities;

Whereas up to 11% of Americans lack government-issued IDs, and up to 7% lack official documents proving their citizenship;

Whereas proponents of voter suppression laws have failed to show that voter fraud is a problem anywhere in the country, and that voter fraud is exceedingly rare; and

Whereas voter suppression laws have been passed by 15 states, and are pending in 5 more states (and passed but revoked in Maine); now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA):

1. opposes voter ID laws, restrictions on voter registration, cuts to early voting, and any other laws resulting in the restriction of lawful access to voting; and
2. encourages libraries and librarians to provide information to citizens to mitigate these restrictions should they remain in effect on Election Day.
Mover: Al Kagan, SRRT Councilor, 217-819-9975

Seconder: Mary Biblo, Councilor at Large

 I voted for this and it passed.

 Resolution in Support of Whistleblower Bradley Manning

Whereas in May 2010 Pfc. Bradley Manning of the U.S. Army was arrested for
allegedly leaking classified materials to the anti-secrecy website, WikiLeaks;
Whereas for these alleged actions Bradley Manning now faces numerous charges,
including aiding the enemy by indirect means,” punishable by the death penalty or life in prison;
Whereas the materials Bradley Manning is charged with releasing contained important
revelations related to U.S. foreign and military policy, including the fact that the U.S. military withheld important information about the killing of journalists and innocent civilians in Iraq; the fact that, contrary to assertions by both the Bush and Obama administrations, there is an official tally of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan; the fact that it was official U.S. policy to ignore torture in Iraq; the fact that U.S. civilian contractors were complicit in child trafficking activities in Afghanistan; the fact that known Egyptian torturers have received training from the FBI in Quantico, Virginia; and the fact that the State Department authorized the theft of the UN Secretary General’s DNA;
Whereas Daniel Ellsberg has compared the actions of which Manning is accused to
the release of the Pentagon Papers;
Whereas the American Library Association has strongly supported the principle of
​government accountability and the protection of whistleblowers;
Whereas Bradley Manning was detained for eight months on the Quantico Marine
Corps Base under conditions described by Amnesty International as “unnecessarily severe” and “inhumane”, denounced by more than 300 legal scholars in the United States as “a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment and the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee against punishment without trial”, and characterized by the United Nations special rapporteur on torture as  “cruel, inhuman, and degrading”; and
Whereas public statements by both President Obama and by Martin Dempsey, the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that Manning broke the law may have prejudiced his right to a fair trial; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the American Library Association calls upon the Secretary of the Army
and the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army to release Pfc. Bradley Manning from pre-trial confinement and drop the charges against him.
Mover: Al Kagan, SRRT Councilor, 217-819-9975
Seconder: Mike Marlin, Councilor at-large, 916-243-9778
​2011-2012 ALA CD#43
​2012 ALA Annual Conference

I voted against this and it failed.
Whereas WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization that publishes submissions of secret document ​from anonymous sources and news leaks;
Whereas WikiLeaks has made available thousands of critical documents concerning United
​States foreign and military policy;
Whereas WikiLeaks is performing a vital watchdog role by expanding citizens’ knowledge on
matters of vital public concern, following in the steps of the newspapers that published the Pentagon Papers, courageously supplied by Daniel Ellsberg;
Whereas Support for WikiLeaks should be a concern for all those who believe in the right to
know and intellectual freedom, and most especially librarians;
Whereas WikiLeaks is under tremendous pressure from many governments, elected officials,
​and prominent personalities to stop publishing leaked documents; and
Whereas the American Library Association has signed a joint letter with many other
organizations asking the United States government to reverse its order to US government agencies blocking access to WikiLeaks, in support of publishers’ and citizens’ first amendment rights, and against the possible application of the Espionage Act against WikiLeaks; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA):
1.​supports the rights of WikiLeaks to publish leaked government documents;
2.​commends the efforts of WikiLeaks to expunge 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 military policy;
4.​recommends that libraries consider linking their websites to the WikiLeaks website where appropriate; and
5.​condemns any harassment of WikiLeaks.
Mover: Al Kagan, SRRT Councilor, 217-819-9975
Seconder: Mike Marlin, Councilor at-large, 916-243-9778
I voted against this and it failed.


16,404 attendees

19,826 New Orleans

25444 Washington, DC
We adjourned.