Hello NH Library Community,
I attended the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting from February 9 to February 13 in Denver, CO.
A particularly robust discussion occurred regarding “How ALA Might Organize Itself to Continue to Fulfill Its Mission in the 21st Century” facilitated with Council by ALA President Jim Neal. President Neal has been tasked with making recommendations to the ALA Executive Director and ALA Executive Board over the next 18 months. The full template for the discussion can be found at this link. During the discussion at MW, we were asked to break into small groups to consider these questions and fill in the final sentence.
- What does our ideal organization do?
- What does our ideal organization look like?
- What are 3 ways we can get there?
Using the above questions, fill in the blanks for your 3 ways we can attain our ideal organization:
“We will do____________________, in order to _________________________, so that __________________.”
This is an ongoing conversation. President Neal would like to hear from any ALA members who are interested in how we can make ALA a more nimble and flexible organization with fewer silos or barriers for our membership to navigate. If you have ideas or comments, please let me know. I will happily forward any and all along to Jim and his team.
Also of interest, Council voted to put a potential dues increase on the ALA ballot to be voted on by all members. The question on the ballot will consider increasing dues from Sept. 2018-19 then tying dues back into the CPI in Sept. 2019.
Council voted to bestow an honorary membership to Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. She will be honored at the Annual Conference in June.
Highlights from Reports given to Council and Action Items:
Intellectual Freedom Committee by Helen Ruth Adams, Chair, ALA CD#19_19.2_21218_act.
Move to Adopt: Net Neutrality: An Intellectual Freedom Issue (a tool for members and ALA partners to use in the fight for Net Neutrality). Motion passed.
Move to Adopt: Visual and Performing Arts in Libraries: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. Motion passed. Voted yes. This is an important new addition and highly recommended to read especially if you have art or performances in your library spaces. Motion passed.
Committee on Legislation Robert Banks, COL Member, ALA CD#20_21218_act.
Rob Banks noted concern over the President’s FY 2019 Budget. Important information and resources can be found at ala.org/fundlibraries. Encouragement to attend Legislative Day in Washington in May.
FY2019 Programmatic Priorities Susan H. Hildreth, ALA Treasurer, ALA CD#13.1
ALA Council approved the Programmatic Priorities for FY19:
Equitable Access to Information and Library Services
Education and Lifelong Learning
Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession
Libraries who have been participating in the Libraries Transform campaign will be pleased to know that ALA will soon be introducing new templates that will allow states to personalized the “Because” statements. Stay tuned!
The 2018 Midwinter Wrap-Up from American Libraries also contains highlights of the conference including the actions of Council (some of which were covered in this report).
As always, please let me know if you have any questions about the ALA MW Meeting or all things ALA related.
ALA Annual will be held June 21-26 , 2018 in New Orleans, LA. Recently announced speakers include Viola Davis and Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Finally, don’t forget the ALA Elections! Polls open on March 12 at 10:00 a.m.
ALA NH Chapter Councilor
Lebanon Public Libraries