Tennessee Chapter Councilor Report

ALA’s Annual Conference was held on June 23-27 in Chicago, IL.  ALA’s Council meets three times at each conference.  The full list of documents and actions taken are available via the links below.

Council Documents – http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/council/council-documents

Council Actions – http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/council/council_actions

Actions taken at ALA Annual this year include the adoption of CD#41, An American Library Association Statement of Global Climate Change and a Call for Support for Libraries and Librarians and the adoption of CD#44.2, Resolution on Libraries as Responsible Spaces.

In addition to the resolutions above, Council also voted to add the definitions of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion developed by the Task Force (2015-2016 ALA CD#38_61316_INF, Recommendation #4.2) to the ALA Policy Manual; audit all definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion across the association to ensure the broadest possible understanding; and explore core values and roles and responsibilities statements to assess equity, diversity, and inclusion. (ALA CD#44.1_62517_ACT)  Council also voted to adopt the Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights dealing with Politics in American Libraries and with Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CD#19.12-13).

Memorial resolutions were passed honoring Eric Moon, Marija C. Sanderling, Robert Henry ‘Bob’ Rohlf, Dorothy Evans, Joy L. Lowe, Pauline Manaka, and Amanda Rudd.  Tribute resolutions were passed honoring Keith Michael Fiels and the 20th Anniversary of Victory in the Communications Decency Act (CDA) Case.

I will continue to forward emails to the TLA list and will keep the Board updated on information from ALA Council and ALA as I receive it. 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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