[Libs-Or] ALA Executive Director's Report to Council and Executive
wyma at newportlibrary.org
Sat Aug 7 16:01:38 PDT 2004
Below are selected highlights of Keith Fiels, Exec. Director of ALA, Report to Council, August 4. Attached is the complete report. If an individual wants the complete report as text in an email, let me know and I will send it (13 pages. Wyma Rogers
Selected Highlights from Exec Director Keith Fiels' Reports to Council
August 4, 2004
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Two new brochures, A Student's and Parent's Guide to Evaluating Libraries in Independent Schools created by the Independent School Section of AASL and Intellectual Freedom and the School Library Media Center Q&A, are available. For the Intellectual Freedom Brochure, contact AASL at 800-545-2433, ext.1396 or via e-mail at aasl at ala.org; other publications can be purchased through PBD, ALA's fulfillment warehouse, 1-800-SHOP-ALA.
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
The 2004 ALSC National Institute will be held in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Hilton Minneapolis, September 29-October 2, 2004 and will focus on library service to children.
Registration is currently open; visit www.ala.org/alsc for further details.
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
The ASCLA ADA Assembly has changed its name to the Accessibility Forum. Interface Online, ASCLA's quarterly newsletter is now available on the website at <http://www.ala.org/ala/ascla/asclapubs/interface/currentedition/currentedition.htm>.
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
Registration is open for the 2004 LITA National Forum (www.lita.org/forum04). The Forum is LITA's annual educational event. This year the Forum will be held in St. Louis Missouri, October 7-10, 2004 at the Sheraton Westport in St. Louis, Missouri.
Public Library Association (PLA)
PLA will be mailing, by September 1, registration information for its 2005 Spring Symposium, March 7-9, 2005 in Chicago. Preliminary information: www.pla.org.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
YALSA is developing a one-day traveling institute that will focus on graphic novels. Equally suited to school library media centers and public libraries, it will be available in Fall 2004. YALSA also has a task force at work on an annual graphic novels list, similar to the Popular Paperbacks or Selected Videos and DVDs listings produced each year.
Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)
The 2004 Annual Conference Placement Center had a total of 333 job seekers vying for 251 job openings during the conference in Orlando.
CapWiz (The Legislative Action Center)
ALA's Legislative Action Center offers the ability to fax messages directly to Members of Congress, as well as to send e-mail messages to Congress. Since June 1, 2004, 471 messages have been sent from the Legislative Action Center to Members of the House of Representatives and Senate (http://capwiz.com/ala/home/).
Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)
Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians debuted at the Annual Conference to an enthusiastic ALA membership. The book was a top seller at the ALA Store and is currently the ALA Online Store's #1 bestseller.
Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)
The Office for Intellectual Freedom is working with ALA Editions toward publication in early 2006 of the seventh edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual. In preparation for each new edition, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) reviews all ALA intellectual freedom policies.
At the 2004 Annual Conference, the ALA Council adopted 8 policy revisions from IFC, available online. Three additional policies will be distributed for comments prior to the 2005 Midwinter Meeting:
· Access to Electronic Information Services and Networks
· Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program
· Statement on Labeling
This year's Banned Books Week will be held on September 25-October 2, 2004, and features an election year theme with the tagline, "Elect to Read a Banned Book, Ban No More 2004." www.ala.org/bbooks.
ALAhead to 2010 website
The web-based member survey period ended on July 4, 2004. Between May 20 and July 4, nearly 14,000 ALA members logged on to the Ahead to 2010 web site and took the survey. A summary of the survey results will be available prior to the fall planning retreat, and plans are underway to publish the findings in a fall issue of American Libraries.
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