ALA Council II: Memorials and Resolutions

Chinese American Librarians Association recognized for 50 years

January 29, 2023

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American Library Association (ALA) President Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada called the second Council meeting of the 2023 ALA LibLearnX conference to order at 12:37 p.m. on January 29.

The agenda for Council III (CD#8.3) as amended with the point of order introduced by Libré Booker, ALA Executive Board member, was approved.

Memorials were read for Deanna Bowling Marcum (M#1), Robert C. Delgadillo (M#2), Menahem Schmelzer (M#3), Barratt Wilkins (M#4), Betty Lee Sung (M#5), David Philip Norris (M#6), and Devona Pendergrass (M#7).

A tribute recognizing the Chinese American Librarians Association’s 50th Anniversary (T#1) was read.

Committee updates were provided by Lesliediana Jones, chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) (CD#19), Ed Garcia, chair of the Committee on Legislation (COL) (CD#20), and Carla Davis-Castro, chair of the Committee on Diversity (COD) (CD#14).

Toni Negro, chair of the Policy Monitoring Committee (PMC),  presented three items for incorporation into, addition to, or changes to the ALA Policy Manual (CD#17), all of which were approved.

Peter Hepburn, ALA Treasurer, presented the Association’s FY2024 budget objectives and programmatic priorities (CD#13.1). This was approved.

Peter Coyl, President of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) provided an update on the Special Committee activities (CD#22).

After a break, ALA President-Elect Emily Drabinski put forward an application for affiliate status for LiteracyNation, Inc. (CD#45), which was approved.

The following resolutions were put forward:

  • Resolution on Human Rights and Freedom of Speech and Expression in Iran (CD#51), as put forward by Ramin Naderi, councilor-at-large, was approved.
  • Resolution on Revising the Code of Conduct as amended (CD#52), was put forward by Erika Long, chapter councilor. The resolution was referred to the Executive Board.
  • Resolution to establish policy monitoring oversight for the Executive Board (CD#53), as presented by Tara Brady, Social Responsibility Round Table councilor, was referred to the Committee on Organization (COO).
  • Resolution on Constitution and Bylaws Housekeeping (CD#54), submitted by Aaron Dobbs, Small Member Round Table councilor, was withdrawn.

Libré Booker, ALA Executive Board member, brought forward a point of order that the dissolution of ALA divisions the Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) were out of order. This was referred to COO and the Constitution and Bylaws Committees to report back to Council at ALA Annual Conference.

ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall provided an update on LibLearnX attendance, which totaled 2,653 as of January 29.

Council then went into closed session.


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ALA Council I: Round Table Dues Standardized

Executive board nominations announced, virtual membership meetings to continue

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Council III: Intellectual Freedom Takes Center Stage

Council revisits ALA’s core governing documents