NH ALA Councilor Report from ALA Annual in New Orleans 2018
This conference marked my sixth year as NH Chapter Councilor and the end of my final term. This tenure has truly been a highlight of my professional career. Many thanks to the New Hampshire Library community for giving me this opportunity. I will continue on the ALA Chapter Relations Committee, so ALA hasn’t seen the last of me yet. I also hope to run as a councilor-at-large next spring in order to give New Hampshire another voice/vote in Council. New Hampshire, actually all of New England, and our smaller public libraries are underrepresented. ALA does listen, but we need people there to speak!
This report comes from my sometimes incomplete notes and I realize that while I was there and participated in full discussions of these matters, what makes sense to me, may not be as clear to the reader of this report. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about anything from this report, anything from Annual in general, or any items related to ALA.
I have included the major agenda items below with links to reports and resolutions, but I was most proud to stand at the microphone during Council I to go on record that had NHLA endorsed ALA CD#41 Resolution to Honor African Americans Who Fought Library Segregation. Please take a moment to read this important resolution. Voted yes. The motion passed unanimously.
Interesting other items/discussions of note:
A continued look at our organizational effectiveness. Maureen Sullivan facilitated.
What one thing do you think is most important for ALA to do to improve its effectiveness?
If the American Library Association did not exist today, what would we create?
All ALA members are welcome to contribute ideas to the reorganization process. If you have anything to share, please let me know and I am happy to pass this along (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other action items:
ALA CD#10.2 Revised adding clarifying language to ALA Policy Manual A.4.2.3 (Council Resolutions Guidelines). Motion passed. Voted yes.
Committee on Organization (COO), Sue Considine, Chair, ALA CD#27.1 Included a request to turn the Graphic Novel Member Interest Group into a Round Table. Motion passed. Voted yes.
Committee on Legislation, Kenton L. Oliver, Chair, ALA CD#20.1-ALA CD#20.4
Highlights: COL Resolution recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the GPO Access Act & calling for further modernization of government information services to improve the public’s access to government information by enactment of the FDLP Modernization Act, H.R. 5305. Motion passed. I voted yes.
Resolution to Reunite Detained Migrant Children with their Parents (The entire text of the resolution can be found in the COL report above. The resolved clauses are as follows:
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:
- reaffirms the “Resolution in Support of Immigrant Rights” (2006-2007 CD #20.2);
- reaffirms the “Resolution on Improving Access to Spanish, Bilingual, and Books in Various Languages for Children in Detention Centers” (2015-2016 CD#38);
- calls on federal agencies to ensure that documentation of children and families is sufficient for the seamless reunification of families or their legal guardians;
- requests that the U.S. government honor the UN General Assembly resolution 429(V) of December 14, 1950, regarding the legal status of refugees; and
- urges its members to contact their elected officials at all levels to express their continuing concern regarding the criminalization and separation of refugee families at the border.
The motion passed. I voted yes.
BARC Report, ALA CD#33.2 (new) (information) re: Resolution on Socially Responsible Investments for the ALA Endowment Fund.
BARC (Budget Analysis & Review Committee) did not recommend the approval of a resolution to divest fossil fuel investments in the endowment. The motion failed. Voted no. While I’m for the resolution in principle, the backing doesn’t have the recommendation of BARC or many of the endowment trustees at this time. There are some issues with the wording of this resolution.
Roadblocks to Diverstiy in the Leadership Pipeline. BARC recommended no direct action on CD#37. The Committee on Diversity is looking at these. This will probably come back to Council at Midwinter 2019.
Intellectual Freedom Committee, Helen Ruth Adams, ALA CD#19.3-ALA CD#19.8
CD 19.6 Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights as outlined in CD#19.6 Pages 22-23
CD 19.7 Revisions, Move to Adopt: Library Initiated Programs as a Resource: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights as outlined in CD#19.7 Pages 24-25.
CD 19.8 Revision of the 2009 Library Bill of Rights Services to People with Disabilities.
All motions passed. I voted yes on all.
Resolution on Gender Inclusive Bathrooms at ALA Conferences brought by Councilors: Ann K. Symons; Matthew Ciszek; Sherry Machones; Ana Elisa de Campos Salles; Peter Hepburn; Erica Findley; Ed Garcia; Louis Muñoz, Jr; Jessica Schomberg; Melissa Cardenas-Dow; Oscar Baeza; Amy Lappin; and Martin Garnar, ALA CD#42
Motion passed. I voted yes (and had been a seconder to the resolution).
Other Reports and items brought to Council with links to the full text:
Report of the Tellers on the COC and PBA Election Results, ALA Councilor Vivian Bordeaux, Chair, ALA CD#12.3
Policy Monitoring Committee (PMC), ALA Councilor Christopher J. Corrigan, ALA CD#17.1
Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Jim Rettig, Chair, ALA CD#25.1
International Relations Committee (IRC), Leslie B. Burger, Chair, ALA CD#18.1
Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) , Martin L. Garnar, President, ALA CD#22.1
ALA Task Force on Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and Rene Tanner, Co-Chairs
In case I forgot anything, American Libraries magazine always does a fine and concise job of relaying the highlights of Council. Here are the links to their coverage: