Midwinter 2007 Reports

ALCTS Councilor's Report, Midwinter 2007

Diane Dates Casey, ALCTS Councilor

At ALA Council I both the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) and the Endowment Fund reported growth in ALA financial resources. Total revenue growth was almost $1 million more than expected; the endowment funds grew by more than $3 million to $29,028,000 in 2006. ALA elections will be held between March 15 and April 24 with results reported on May 1.

Council II witnessed a flurry of activity. At the recommendation of the Policy Monitoring Committee, Council adopted new language for Section 60, which expands the umbrella of diversity more inclusively. BARC was granted a six-month extension to study the implications of establishing a graduated dues structure for ALA. Council rejected resolutions advocating the end of funding for the Iraq War and the impeachment of George W. Bush. A resolution concerning the Boy Scouts was referred to ALSC for comment.

During Council III, Michael Gorman was honored and congratulated on his retirement. The Committee on Organization requested that new language be found to make the nomination and election process in ALA more transparent. Constitution and Bylaws will bring a recommendation to the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Several action items were brought by the Committee on Legislation; resolutions on orphan works and the Copyright Act, immigrants’ rights to library service, and the role of libraries in providing e-government and emergency services were passed. Moreover, the Committee on International Relations’ request that an ALA representative be appointed to the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, which seeks to protect cultural materials in the event of an armed attack, was passed. Finally, a resolution on making digital objects and collections ADA accessible was referred to the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) for clarification and strengthening. ASCLA will bring the revised resolution to Council at Annual.