Council II of the American Library Association was held on June 29, 2015 and lasted 40 minutes. This despite reading all the names of Councilors and Executive Board members with expiring teams. Here’s a brief summary of the brief meeting:
International Relations Committee (IRC) 10 Mins.
Loida A. Garcia-Febo, chair, ALA CD#18.2
No action items from this report. IRC is sort of ALA’s State Department with sister library associations worldwide.
Committee on Organization (COO) 10 Mins.
Mary E. Rzepczynski, chair, ALA CD#27.1
This report carried one action item for Council, clarified service term of Treasurer on Budget Audit Review Committee (BARC). Passed overwhelmingly I voted yes because it seemed like a good clarification to me.
Freedom to Read Foundation 10 Mins Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., President, ALA CD#22.1 –
http://connect.ala.org/node/242209 – List of good work by the FTRF, of which I’m proud to be a member.
Our one resolution: –
Resolution on Improving Access to Spanish & Bilingual Books for Children in Detention Center, ALA Councilors Denice Adkins and Mike Marlin,
ALA CD#38 Rev. – http://connect.ala.org/node/242211
Was deferred till Council III at the request of the mover so Committee on Legislation (COL) could offer their input. Council III at Annual is only half the length of Council I & II to accommodate the ALA Presidential Inauguration. The inauguration is held early in turn to accommodate people leaving town on afternoon flights to avoid extra hotel charges.
Council III looks to be jam packed as we will be hearing a potentially controversial mass surveillance resolution that may include an attempt to ward off a COL substitute. My guess is that we’ll use every single second of Council III. Stay tuned!