Lead with the Value of You | American Libraries Magazine

Speak up. Credential yourself. Identify the expertise that you have. When you give someone an answer or provide them with the perfect pathway to finding what they need and they say “Thanks so much!” your reply should not be, “Oh, that’s okay, it’s my job.” You should respond, for example, with, “Of course! It’s what I do, and I have specific expertise in materials for children at that grade level.” Or, “Let me know what else you need; health care content is my specialty.”

Source: Lead with the Value of You | American Libraries Magazine

I think ALA President Julie Todaro makes a lot of sense in this column. I know I’ve said “That’s just my job” when I could have specified what makes me qualified to provide answers. I appreciate this encouragement from President Todaro and think it might help push back against the idea that anyone in a library is a librarian. What do you think?

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Seth’s Blog: In pursuit of cheap

The alternative is to choose to be worth it, remarkable, reliable, a good neighbor, a worthy citizen, leading edge, comfortable, trusted, funny, easy, cutting edge or just about anything except, “the cheapest at any cost.”

Source: Seth’s Blog: In pursuit of cheap

Looking over Seth Godin’s statements here, I believe that libraries are almost all of the above.  We definitely have more to offer to the community than just being free.

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#alaac16 #alacouncil III: Guns and Equity

Here are what I consider highlights of Council III. I won’t be providing links to individual resolutions in this post because the ones we considered were embedded in the reports of the Committee on Legislation (COL) and the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC).

Reports Made

One element of the IFC report I found disappointing was finding out that their new $50/year journal, Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, the successor to the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, is NOT open access – not even with an embargo period. This is the wrong direction for ALA to be going in. I’ve been saying this to anyone who’d listen for the past three years. Maybe I should have sponsored a resolution on open access for ALA itself, but since we’re so good at preaching open access to others I thought we’d get around to practicing it ourselves. My bad. More information about this journal can be found at http://journals.ala.org/JIFP.

Resolution/Actions Activity

  • CD 20.5 – Support for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) champions (See COL Report) – Passed unanimously
  • CD 20.6 Equity in ESSA DOE rule making (See COL Report) – Passed unanimously
  • CD 20.7 Equity for All [School Libraries] (See COL Report) – Passed unanimously
  • CD # 19.9, Religion in American Libraries: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (See IFC Report) – Well balanced statement that passed unanimously.


Guns – The hidden resolution

Between the COL and IFC reports, the two chairs made a purely oral report on the gun violence resolution (2016 CD 45) that had been referred to a joint working group at Council I. They had seemed to be making progress towards their goal of having something for us to vote on in Council III. But at Council III they said their working group concluded they needed more time and ask to postpone consideration until Midwinter 2017.

A heated discussion ensued, which crossed the usual lines of “Librarians are for social justice” vs “ALA should stick to strictly library issues.” While we on Council are normally good about speaking to the issues and not to people, both sides failed somewhat in this area with advocates of postponement being labelled cowards and advocates of immediate action being accused of wanting to make themselves feel better while getting US libraries destroyed by the NRA.

There was also much unhappiness expressed by the level of discussion this resolution received informal Council Forums as opposed to formal debate on the council floor. There were cries that 2/3 of Council had been left out of this discussion and had no chance to debate the original resolution. I’m completely unsympathetic to this point of view for two reasons:

  1. Council Forums are open to all, including non-members and publicly scheduled. We even accept non-member participation in the discussions, which never result in formal actions. Yes, they’re late at night (8:30-10), but they are open in a way that no other legislative meetings ever are. Just TRY to get into an Alaskan legislative caucus meeting. Just try. And they take binding actions.
  2. If a Councilor couldn’t be troubled to come to the open, publicly announced Council Forums, then the thing to do was to ask the Chair to post the resolves of the original resolution on the screen on the grounds that we couldn’t make an intelligent decision about referral without knowing what we were referring. NO ONE made this move. It’s what I would have done if I had desired to keep the resolution on the floor.

While 2 wouldn’t have allowed immediate consideration of the original of CD 45, it could have galvanized Councilors into voting against referral, at which point we’d be back to considering the original resolution, at which point we could have amended it on the floor. I’d rather people try and take action than just complain about process. It’s one of the reasons I’m happy to be off Council even though I really appreciate a lot of Councilors as individuals.

As it stood, there was a lot of discussion of whether to postpone additional action till Midwinter and comments about Council process, after which we had a rare close vote of 85 Yes / 50 No to give the task force, which included the original mover of CD 45, the time they wanted.

As I indicted in my Council II post, I was happy with a referral, but I would have been fine with voting on a resolution then because it would have taken a hard choice off the back of my successor.

ALA Council III at Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando Florida was my last as Alaska’s Chapter Councilor. For the next three years, the Alaska Library Association will be represented by Steven Hunt of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. I hope Alaskans and Council members will give him a warm welcome when he starts the meeting cycle at MidWinter 2017 in Atlanta Georgia.

I hope to have at least one more post reflecting on the ups and downs of serving on ALA Council. Despite some of my remarks here, I do recommend the experience if you can afford it or can get support to participate.

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#alaac16 #alacouncil III – Memorials and Tributes

Before I get into the main write up of Council III, I wanted to share what memorials and tributes we passed in ALA Council because I think they should stand on their own.



There was a poignant moment after the names of the people memorialized were read aloud. A Councilor who was a personal mentee of Charles Weld Robinson used a “point of personal privilege” to read his entire memorial resolution so would be in the actual meeting recording. I had encouraged her to do this when I learned how deeply she felt his loss to her and to public librarians generally. Some things are definitely worth taking time away from Council.


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#alaac16 Council II: More Referrals and a Mystery

The second Council session of the 2016 Annual American Library Association ended with a surprise involving President Elect Julie Todaro, but more about that below. Immediately below are what I thought were the highlights of our session (excluding having photographs taken, which was fun cat-herding). If you want to see every topic we worked on, see the official agenda.


Reports Made

At Council II, we received the following reports:

Policy Monitoring Committee (PMC), Vicky Crone, Chair, ALA CD#17.1

The PMC had a single action item:

PMC MOVES INSERTION of the new interpretation at B.2.1.25:

User-Generated Content in Library Discovery Systems

Libraries offer a variety of discovery systems to provide access to the resources in their collections. When discovery systems incorporate social media components, intelligent objects and knowledge-sharing tools, they create opportunities for users to contribute to discussions about library resources within the discovery system. Libraries that open their discovery systems to user-generated content should develop and publish viewpoint-neutral policies that describe how users may contribute, how user-generated content will be displayed, and how the personal information of contributors will be protected. Adopted, January 2016.
(See “Policy Reference File”: User-Generated Content in Library Discovery Systems: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, 2015-2016 ALA CD#19.2 – PDF, 2pgs)

This was passed unanimously with no discussion. I voted yes because it was a routine housekeeping matter.

Committee on Organization (COO), Sue Considine, Chair, ALA CD#27.1

COO had two action items:

  1. Define Subdivision as an ALA Division or Roundtable – No discussion and passed unanimously.
  2. Restructure the Chapter Relations Committee as follows – “Eleven (11) Members, which includes the Chair. To be eligible to be a member of the Chapter Relations Committee (CRC), an individual must be an ALA member who is also a member of an ALA Chapter or Divisional Affiliate. In addition, eight (8) of the eleven (11) members should have state library association (Chapter) leadership or committee experience. ” – Surprising amount of discussion on this one, but in the end passed overwhelmingly.

I voted yes on both. #1 seemed routine and #2 helps the Chapter Relations Committee have more Chapter based experience.

Constitution and Bylaws Committee, James (Jim) R. Rettig, Chair, ALA CD#25.1

This committee had two action items for us:

  1. Bylaws change – Amend Article III, Section 1.e of the ALA Bylaws to state:
    No person may be nominated for or serve on the Council unless that person is a personal member of the American Library Association. No candidate may run for more than one Council position in the same election.
  2. Constitution change – Amend Article X of the ALA Constitution. This amendment is lengthy and deals with affiliations. See report for text.

In order to keep the ALA Bylaws and Constitution from changing too easily, Council must pass the EXACT Text of change resolutions TWICE in consecutive meetings before a change can be placed on the ballot. So if someone tries to change the text of one or the other of these proposals, they will NOT make the Spring 2017 ballot.

Both action items appeared to pass unanimously. I voted for both because they seemed like common sense changes.


International Relations Committee (IRC), Leslie B. Burger, Chair, ALA CD#18.1-ALA CD#18.2

The IRC brought one action item near and dear to my heart – affordable access to government information. In this case, United Nations information. See the report for the full resolution. It asks the UN to reconsider a fee structure that includes $12,500/year fees for UN documents and to reinstate print publications for nations that have a hard time accessing affordable broadband. This item appeared to pass unanimously and I voted for it because I believe that government information should be free.

Taking off my librarian hat for just a moment, I do wonder if the UN would have been tempted to charge such high fees for depository materials if the US were current in its dues.


Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., President, ALA CD#22.1

For me personally, the biggest news was that Julius Jefferson was stepping down as head of FTRF. While the leadership of FTRF appears to be in good hands, Councilor Jefferson had a panache and passion I’ll miss. Or would miss if I were continuing on Council. Julius – if you’re reading this, best wishes in where life takes you next!

I was puzzled by the “developing issues” part of the report, but it didn’t seem worth to disrupt the good feelings of the in-person report to raise it:


Members of the Foundation’s Developing Issues committee reported on two important developing issues that raise significant Constitutional issues for libraries. Committee chair Em Claire Knowles first discussed the committee’s concerns about discriminatory transgender bathroom laws and legislation and the need to support efforts to oppose or overturn such laws to assure equal, fair, and equitable treatment for library staff and library users. She then discussed the committee’s concerns about the fear and chilling effect posed by the threat of gun violence in libraries and the wider society as well as the current ban on the use of federal funds for research on gun violence that is contrary to the provision of relevant information to the public. FTRF will continue to track and follow these issues.

While I accept both transgender treatment and gun violence as topics that need addressing in libraries, I thought FTRF was about, well, reading (and viewing/listening). Bathroom policy and gun violence policies sound more like the territory of more administrative/facility type groups.


Conference Accessibility Task Force, Mike Marlin and Christopher J. Corrigan co-chairs, ALA CD#37

This was an interim report on efforts to make ALA Conferences more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities. The task force was appointed in March and is in early information gathering mode. The results of this information gathering will likely be available at Midwinter.


Resolution Activity

According to the agenda for Council II, we intended to deal with the following resolutions:


Resolution Concerning the Role of Chapters in the American Library Association

I was expecting this resolution to provoke a lot of debate. It had been discussed and widely condemned on the discussion list. It was the subject of a lot of feedback at Forum I. The resolution was rewritten at Chapter Councilor Forum and brought to Forum II for more feedback. To me, the sense at Forum II was that this resolution was better and the Chapter Councilors were united behind it, but other Councilors questioned why we needed this resolution in light of President Elect Julie Todaro and Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels meeting with the movers and other remediation moves by Big ALA. The mover insisted that we needed the resolution in the record and hopefully passed to memorialize the communications problems that led to it.

I thought both sides walked out of Forum holding on to their positions, but with less hard feeling than before. So I was prepared for a civil but lengthy discussion of the resolution and a possible close vote.

But what happened instead was that when the mover was asked to speak to their resolution, she yielded to President Elect Todaro. To the best of my memory, such a situation hasn’t happened during my three years on Council, and it appeared to surprise many of my fellow Councilors.

Julie Todaro asked that the resolution be referred to a task force that she would appoint as President. The mover seconded this motion. President Feldman called for discussion, but none was forthcoming. I was stunned and perhaps others were too. But that was our issue and not Sari Feldman’s.

Hearing no discussion, a vote was called for. I voted yes because it was what the mover wanted. Nearly everyone voted yes except for a handful of chapter councilors. Two that I spoke to said they voted no because all of this had a “black box” like feel after all the work put into it at Chapter Councilor Forum. A report on this resolution and recommendations for Chapter-Big ALA relations is expected at Midwinter 2017 in Atlanta.


Resolution on Equity for All School Libraries AND Resolution on Equity for School Libraries for the DOE Making Rules For ESSA

The mover of both of these resolutions reported that the Committee on Legislation had agreed to put both resolutions into their report, which would come back at Council III.

With all work tackled, we moved on to taking photographs for the 140th Anniversary of ALA’s founding. I have no idea what makes 140 special, but it was a fun process. After the entire council was photographed, this year’s cohort of retiring Councilors – including me – had a group picture taken as well.


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#alaac16 Council I: Age of Referrals

The American Library Association 2016 Annual Conference is my last as Alaska’s Chapter Councilor. After the end of this conference, Alaska will be represented by Steven Hunt of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. But until then, I’m still blogging Council Sessions:

For this and other Council sessions, I’m only going to do highlights. If you’d like to see the full agenda we worked through, see the full official agenda.


Reports Made

Council received the following reports during Council I:

  • Review of Executive Board Actions since the 2016 Midwinter Meeting, Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director and Secretary to the ALA Council, ALA CD#15.1-15.2
  • Implementation of the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting Council Actions, Keith Michael Fiels,  ALA Executive Director and Secretary to the ALA Council, ALA CD#9.2

One of the actions in CD 9.2 was the implementation of the anti Islamophobia resolution we passed at Midwinter:

Document Number/Title of Document: ALA CD#32_1716_Act, Resolution Against Islamophobia.

 Implementation Action:  Council ADOPTED ALA CD#32_1716_Act, Resolution Against Islamophobia, as amended to read:  “That the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

  1. recognizes the positive impact that Muslims have made in libraries and library science;
  2. recognizes the contributions that Muslims have made to information and knowledge in regards tofields such as the sciences, mathematics, philosophy, medicine and geography;
  3. stands with our colleagues, community members and users in speaking out against Islamophobia;
  4. deplores the hate speech being directed at Muslims from every level of society; and
  5. issues a public statement condemningthat condemns Islamophobia and stands with our Muslim colleagues and users.”

Response:  The resolution was sent to the following organizations:  Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); Council on American-Islamic Relations; Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.


Resolution Activity

The agenda called on us to act on the following resolutions:

  • Resolution Calling Upon Libraries to Build More Inclusive Communities,
    ALA CD#44_62516_ACT
  • Resolution on Gun Violence Affecting Libraries, Library Workers,
    and Library Patrons, ALA CD#45_62516_ACT
  • Resolution Concerning the Creation of the Deaf Culture Digital Library, ALA CD#46_62516_ACT
  • Resolution in Support of the Professional Cataloging Processes and Determinations of the Library of Congress, ALA CD#39_6816_ACT
  • Resolution Concerning the Role of Chapters in the American Library Association, ALA CD#40_Revised 62416_ACT


Resolution Calling Upon Libraries to Build More Inclusive Communities – In my view this was a resolution with a big heart and not much in the way of concrete actions. There were many enthusiastic endorsements from various ALA units. It passed pretty much unanimously. I voted yes even though I’m not much for resolution without actions. It’s hard to be against inclusiveness and I appreciated the spirit of the resolution.

Resolution on Gun Violence Affecting Libraries, Library Workers, and Library Patrons – The mover of this resolution requested referral to a working group of Committee on Legislation (COL) and Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC). The committee chairs promised to have a draft back prior to Council III. I was skeptical, but in my tenure on Council, I’ve been only too happy to refer gun control resolutions to any committee that will have them. I’m personally for regulating guns including magazine limits, liability insurance and mandatory waiting periods. BUT, as the Alaska Chapter Councilor, I have to think about whether there is consensus and/or passion among our membership on a given issue. In the area of guns, there is no consensus on gun restrictions – many Alaska library staff own guns and aren’t interested in more regulation.

I was supportive of one provision of the resolution – to call on Congress to lift the ban on research into gun violence by the CDC. That’s an intellectual freedom issue. Also, it forces us to debate in a vacuum, which is never helpful. I hope that comes back, preferably as a separate resolution.

Resolution Concerning the Creation of the Deaf Culture Digital Library – Mover requested a referral to ASCLA and COL. While I generally don’t like to refer resolutions, I almost always defer to the mover. So did the rest of Council as this passed unanimously.

Resolution in Support of the Professional Cataloging Processes and Determinations of the Library of Congress – The Committee on Legislation brought this resolution forward outside of their normal report process. This resolution requests Congress to leave cataloging to the catalogers at the Library of Congress by not dictating what subject headings may or may not be used to describe undocumented immigrants. I was happy to join what appeared to be a unanimous vote on this resolution.

Resolution Concerning the Role of Chapters in the American Library Association – This resolution had been brought forward after a number of medium to high profile incidents where state Chapters felt like their voices weren’t being considered at the Big ALA level. The aim of the resolution was to better coordinate Chapter-ALA communications and activities. The first draft was extremely controversial and although I am a Chapter Councilor myself, I opposed the resolution on the Council Mailing list. But I was supportive of a version that removed the parts that made it seem like a Chapter takeover of ALA that would have made it even more expensive to participate.

But, we were not to discuss this resolution at Council I because the mover asked it to be moved to Council II. This was accepted by unanimous consent.

Libraries Transform Discussion

After we completed this agenda, all of us went back to library school in order to have small group discussions on ALA’s Libraries Transform initiative. I liked the questions that were asked and will include them in a future post on Libraries Transform. If you don’t want to read that post, or if I don’t get around to writing it, my TL:DR version is:

  • Libraries Transform is well intentioned.
  • Libraries Transform has great promotional materials that should be used by many more libraries
  • Libraries Transform has made almost no real headway in the library community by ALA’s own measurements, which fail to compare numbers of library signups/social media messages to either the number of US Libraries or to volume of social media messages generated by other types of campaigns.
  • After a year, it’s mostly librarians talking “libraries transform”
  • Like the Declaration for the Right to Libraries before it, Libraries Transform has no action calls. Once people realize that “libraries transform” what should they do?



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#alaac16 Larry Romans Memorial Resolution

Every conference, the ALA Council passes memorial resolutions, usually as a group. While we don’t read the resolutions in Council, we have a moment of silence while the names of the departed are read.

2015-2016 ALA Memorial #14 is different for me, because I knew Larry Romans reasonably well. Or thought I did. I believe we were friends, though not close ones. I knew him from his work on GODORT and our time together on Depository Library Council (DLC) and on ALA Council where Larry really was THE RESOLUTIONS TABLE. We did not always agree in DLC or on the Council floor, but I knew him to be an honorable and civil man who would never disparage an individual instead of their ideas.

After reading Larry’s memorial resolution in preparation for his ALA memorial tonight, I realized I had been unaware of just what a giant figure Larry was within ALA or how much of his life and intellect he had invested in our organization. So now I know what greater loss that ALA and all the people Larry touched with his life are going through.

Take care Larry, wherever you are. Thanks so much for everything you’ve done for librarianship and for the words of advice and spirited discussions you’ve given me.


2015-2016 ALA Memorial #14_61516_ACT

2016 ALA Annual Conference



Whereas on January 28, 2016, the American Library Association and the broader library community lost a valued and respected member, pioneer, and leader with the death of Lawrence (Larry) Romans;

Whereas Larry Romans was a leader, member, and friend of the American Library Association since 1983, an enthusiastic champion of its goals and mission, and through his deep knowledge of the Association’s operations and his effective diplomacy, helped librarians and others become more involved in the organization and enabled a significant component of the membership to feel more connected to the Association;

Whereas thanks to his recognized skill and expertise, he was an instrumental voice in shaping ALA Council policy from 1992 onward, starting as Chapter Councilor for Tennessee and co-convener of the Chapter Councilor Caucus, and continuing as an at-large member of Council starting in 2000;

Whereas Larry Romans served the ALA as member and chair of the Legislation Committee, the Resolutions Committee, the Membership Meeting Committee and the Special Presidential Task Force on the Membership Meeting Quorum; and as a member of the Committee on Committees, Planning and Budget Assembly, Spectrum Initiative Minority Scholarship Jury, Structure Revision Task Force, Chapter Relations Committee Chapter Councilor Program Subcommittee, and ALA Legacy Society;

Whereas these broad achievements in ALA were among the reasons that Council elected Larry to the ALA Executive Board in 2007, where the Association’s governance and strategic directions benefited from Larry’s participation and influence on the Board;

Whereas Larry Romans was a member of the Government Documents Round Table beginning in 1988, serving as Chair of GODORT, chair and member of the Education Committee and the Government Information Technology Committee, member of the Steering Committee, and coordinator of the Federal Documents Task Force;

Whereas Larry Romans was founder and coordinator of the GODORT Handout Exchange for 17 years, a program that enabled government documents librarians from around the country to share handouts and best practices for use at their own institutions;

Whereas Larry Romans his encyclopedic government information online portals were innovative and widely-used resources which promoted wide spread access to free and open access to government information;

Whereas Larry Romans sought out endless opportunities to get generations of students and others excited about politics, public policy, and government information, redoubling his efforts in the era of smartphones and the Google single search box;

Whereas Larry Romans was a visionary leader in the library community during the early 1990s and insisted that users would benefit from, and usefully interpret, bibliographic information for government documents in online catalogs,

Whereas through his advocacy he encouraged other librarians to add government information to their online catalogs, to educate the government documents community on the wisdom and value of adding these records, and to show their institutions how the Government Publishing Office bibliographic records could be added quickly and efficiently;

Whereas Larry Romans was the 1995 recipient of the American Library Association/Government Documents Round Table (ALA/GODORT) Documents to the People Award, for “outstanding leadership as an advocate of effective public access to government information”;

Whereas Larry Romans was the 2008 recipient of the American Library  Association/Government Documents Round Table’s James Bennett Childs Award for “a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship”;

Whereas Larry Romans proudly served for three years as a member of the US Depository Library Council to the Public Printer;

Whereas Larry Romans was member of the ACRL Government Relations Committee and Legnet Coordinator, and member of the Government Relations Committee and the Ad Hoc Task Force on Advocacy;

Whereas Larry Romans was a member of the Social Responsibilities Round Table for 32 years;

Whereas Larry Romans was a member of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Round Table starting in 1998, served at various points on the Board of Directors/Steering Committee and as Board Liaison to the Membership Committee and the ALA Executive Board, and on the Over the Rainbow Booklist Committee;

Whereas Larry Romans worked with ALA staff to make its conferences more welcoming and inclusive environments for all, through ensuring that conference cities implemented sensitivity training for employees in serving transgender attendees and sponsored a resolution opposing marriage inequality;

Whereas Larry Romans spearheaded the community-wide initiative to make high quality LGBT children’s and young adult books available to libraries and families;

Whereas the GLBT Round Table in 2012 established the Mike Morgan-Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Stonewall Award, in Larry’s honor, as well as his beloved husband Mike, which is “presented to English-language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience” of children or young adults;

Whereas Larry Romans considered the enlargement of this Award with contributions and a challenge match from him and Mike Morgan to be one of the highlights of his career;

Whereas Larry Romans served with distinction as political science librarian at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University for 32 years, head of the government information department at the library for 27 years, and longtime bibliographer in European Studies, Communications Studies, and at various points coordinator of reference services and history bibliographer;

Whereas Larry Romans served the Tennessee Library Association for 27 years, as parliamentarian, member of the Board of Directors, and chair of the Legislation Committee, Bylaws Committee, and Government Documents Round Table;

Whereas Larry Romans was the 2014 recipient of the Tennessee Library Association’s Honor Award, for his years of outstanding service as someone who “made a significant contribution to the furtherance of librarianship on a statewide or national level”;

Whereas Larry Romans was the 2011 recipient of the Tennessee Library Association’s President’s Award;

Whereas Larry Romans encouraged, motivated, inspired countless students and colleagues in the profession, to find their way and use their voices to speak about their passion for librarianship;

Whereas Larry Romans was an outspoken, tireless, and unstoppable advocate and trailblazer for libraries, the ALA, government information, intellectual freedom, information literacy, and GLBT rights;

Whereas his even temper and an ability to listen to other points of view in sometimes violent committee meetings set an example to ALA members trying to reach agreements across the table;

Whereas Larry Romans was not only a pleasure to work with and a joy as a friend and mentor, but also by his own frank admission, “friendly, funny, sarcastic, hardworking, extroverted, opinionated, and pushy”;

Whereas Larry Romans was a leader, member, and friend of the American Library Association since 1983, an enthusiastic champion of its goals and mission; and


Whereas his deep knowledge of the Association’s operations and his effective diplomacy, Larry helped librarians and others become more involved in the organization and enabled a significant component of the membership to feel more connected to the Association; and, therefore be it …


Resolved, That the members and staff of the American Library Association (ALA):

  1. Offer, on behalf of all who knew, worked and were influenced by Larry’s contributions to the profession, their heartfelt condolences to friends and colleagues across the nation, in Washington D.C., the state of Tennessee, and at Vanderbilt University, and to his husband, Mike Morgan, and family; and


  1. Extend their deepest appreciation for Larry’s extraordinary three decades of service to ALA, to the State of Tennessee, as well as to the communities he changed through his passion for librarianship.
















FINAL Version A.  June 15, 2016

GODORT Legislative Committee

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