Tennessee Chapter Councilor Report

January 2014

ALA’s Midwinter Meeting was held January 24-28, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. ALA’s Council meets three times at each conference. I have included below a list of links to the various documents and information that are involved in Council. There’s even an audio recording of each Council meeting if anyone is interested in hearing the actual discussions.

A number of resolutions were discussed by Council in these sessions.  Resolutions that were passed include the Resolution on Electronic Communications for ALA Council (CD #34) and the Resolution to Improve Member Access to ALA Unit Governing Information (CD #35).   The full resolved clauses of these resolutions are found at the links above.   Also passed was a new ALA Award, The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity (CD #36)

Also discussed was the Resolution on Whistleblower Edward Snowden (CD #37).  This resolution did not pass.

The Resolution to allow programs at American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meetings (CD# 38) was sent to ALA’s Budget Analysis & Review Committee for review before it is discussed by Council.  This resolution seeks to change current ALA policy to allow programs (instead of discussion groups and other types of sessions) to happen at all Midwinter meetings.  I welcome any and all feedback on this issue, as it is likely to come up for discussion in the June Council sessions.

Memorial and Tribute resolutions were passed honoring Augusta “Gussie” Clark, Major Owens, Dr. Nasser Sharify, Dr. Bohdan Stephan Wynar and Giovanni’s Room Bookstore and Owner Ed Hermance.

I have also passed along information received through the various ALA listservs to the TLA listserv.

If there are questions about the information here, any of the emails that I have sent to the listserv, or about ALA and Council in general, please let me know! I can be reached via email at tla.alacouncilor@gmail.com.



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