Council III zipped through a short agenda today, meeting for just a half hour.
Memorial resolutions were read for Ray Bradbury, Kathleen Hegarty, Sara Fine, James Clifton Welbourne, Wanda L. Crenshaw, Jane Howell, Alexander Boyd, and Richard E. Bopp. A tribute to Abbé Charles-Michel L’Épée, inventor of sign language for the deaf, was also read.
Veteran journalist and newscaster Dan Rather provided a little taste of the stories in his new book Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News at the Monday Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations’ President’s Program, and warned of the increasing “dumbing down and trivialization” of the news.
“When we’re looking for ourselves in kids, we don’t always see what we expect to see.” That statement from Stephen Abram, library futurist, was the takeaway lesson at the ALSC/YALSA Joint President’s Program on Monday.
At the Annual Conference Closing Session on Tuesday, outgoing ALA President Molly Raphael gave a heartfelt summary of her past presidential year. Previous presidents have had to deal with filtering or the USA Patriot Act, she said, but for her the focal points were e-content challenges and school library closings.
One highlight at the ALA PopTop Stage on Monday was the debut performance of the 817’s (for you Dewey-challenged folk, that’s “American humor and satire”), a comedy troupe consisting of Stand-Up Librarian Meredith Myers, MLIS of Fortune (and singer) Danica Sheridan, and RUSA’s own Mr. Reference, Dave Tyckoson.