Council II Marks ALA’s 140th Anniversary

June 27, 2016

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ALA President Sari Feldman called the Council II meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 27.

Policy Monitoring Committee Chair Vicky Crone presented the Policy Monitoring Committee report (CD#17.1). A motion to insert a change to the policy manual adopted at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting passed.

Sue Considine, chair of Committee on Organization, presented two action items (CD#27.1): Item 1 makes the definition of “subdivision” as an ALA division or round table, and Item 2 concerns a Chapter Relations Committee composition change. Both motions passed.

Leslie B. Burger, chair of the International Relations Committee (IRC), reported on international programs and attendees in Orlando (CD#18.1). She also welcomed attendees to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions conference happening in Columbus, Ohio, in August. A Resolution on the Restoration on the United Nations Depository Library System passed (CD#18.2).

James Rettig, chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, proposed two actions (CD#25.1). Item 1 clarifies a provision of the bylaws to state that no person can be a candidate for two different seats in the same election. Item 2 recommends that Council approve an amendment to the ALA Constitution as a first step toward placing an amendment to Article X on the spring 2017 ballot for a vote by the ALA membership. Both actions passed.

Feldman then recognized the retiring councilors and Executive Board members.

Julius C. Jefferson gave his last report as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FRTF) (CD#22.1). He thanked everyone for their support over the years and welcomed new FRTF President Martin Garnar and Vice President Em Claire Knowles.

The report of the Conference Accessibility Task Force (CD#37) was given by cochairs Mike Marlin and Christopher J. Corrigan. The task force will be collecting data and conducting surveys of ALA members, and they hope to have some programming at Midwinter.

A Resolution Concerning the Role of Chapters in the American Library Association (CD#40) was deferred to a working group. A Resolution on Equity for All School Libraries (CD#47) and a Resolution on Equity for School Libraries for the DOE Making Rules for ESSA (CD#48) were moved to Council III.

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels reported that there were 11,562 attendees and 4,976 exhibitors in Orlando, Florida, for a total of 16,538 registrants; 22,340 attended in San Francisco in 2015, and 19,865 attended Las Vegas in 2014.

Feldman adjourned the meeting at 9:48 a.m.

All councilors met in the convention center’s lobby for a group photo after the meeting to mark the 140th anniversary of ALA.


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