[Libs-Or] ALA Midwinter Council update

ALA Chapter Councilor olachaptercouncilor at olaweb.org
Sat Feb 4 10:39:41 PST 2017


I wanted to add an update of the approved RESOLUTION ON ACCESS TO ACCURATE
INFORMATION that council also approved during Midwinter see attached).

Also in the past couple of day, ALA has issued a statement in support of
the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for
the Arts
<https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/ala-affirms-support-nea-neh/>
.

On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 6:16 AM, ALA Chapter Councilor <
olachaptercouncilor at olaweb.org> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I attended ALA Midwinter Council sessions, and wanted to update you about
> the main issues on the table and what we will be working on coming up.
>
>
>    -
>
>    Amending the 2015 ALA Strategic Directions
>    <http://www.ala.org/aboutala/strategicplan> by adding a fourth
>    Strategic Direction: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. This motion to amend
>    passed with no objections.
>    -
>
>    The most contentious item on the agenda was the proposed resolution on
>    the educational qualification requirements for future ALA Executive
>    Directors to amend that the ALA executive director need an ALA-accredited
>    master’s degree or a CAEP-accredited master’s degree with a specialty in
>    school library media as a strongly preferred by not required educational
>    qualification. After extensive comments both in support of and against the
>    amendment, the resolution did not pass with a count of 75 votes in favor
>    and 78 votes against.
>    -
>
>    A Resolution Establishing Family/Caregiver Status as a Protected Class
>    in ALA Volunteer Work passed (CD #31
>    <http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/cd_31_Resolution%20Establishing%20Family-ResCommRevision.docx>
>    ).
>    -
>
>       This protects volunteer committee members from losing positions on
>       committees due to family emergencies or needs.
>       -
>
>    A revised resolution passed on gun violence affecting libraries,
>    library workers, and library patrons. Here is part of the statements of
>    interest
>    -
>
>       “Whereas the ALA Council passed the Resolution on Gun Violence (ALA
>       Annual 2015 CD#45) stating that ALA:
>       -
>
>          deplores the gun violence that materially affects libraries in
>          the communities we serve;
>          -
>
>          will work with state chapters and affiliates to support
>          legislation that allows the prohibition of the carrying of guns in or near
>          libraries and other educational institutions;
>          -
>
>       Whereas the ALA Council passed the Resolution Calling Upon
>       Libraries to Build More Inclusive Communities (ALA Annual 2016 CD#44)
>       stating that ALA:
>       -
>
>          urges libraries, librarians, and library workers to cultivate
>          more inclusive communities by actively engaging their communities to defuse
>          and deescalate a culture of violence based on hatred, discrimination, and
>          bigotry”
>
>
> The ALA Executive Board hosted a Town Hall  for ALA Council and ALA
> members to share feedback, concerns, ideas, and aspirations for ALA,
> especially in regards to the recent presidential election and the current
> political climate. You can watch the feedback session here:
>
> https://www.facebook.com/amlibraries/videos/vb.1298547337035
> 07/1333403246681977/?type=2&theater.
>
> Council is now currently on a statement in regards to NEH and NEA funding.
> --
> Danielle Jones
> *Oregon Library Association ALA Chapter Councilor*
> *Teen and youth librarian at Multnomah County Library*
> *My pronouns are she, her, hers*
>



-- 
Danielle Jones
*Oregon Library Association ALA Chapter Councilor*
*Teen and youth librarian at Multnomah County Library*
*My pronouns are she, her, hers*
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