Council

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

ALA Council approves dues adjustment proposal

CHICAGO — On January 29th at its meeting in Seattle during the Midwinter Meeting, the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) approved a dues adjustment proposal and directed that it be placed on the spring ALA ballot for membership approval.

ALA announces slate of Council candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2013 ALA Election:

Craig Scott Amos, library manager, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Va.

Thomas Jeremy Barthelmess, lecturer and curator, Butler Children’s Literature Center, Dominican University, Chicago

ALA Council resolution opposes voter restrictions

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution opposing voter restrictions.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif., opposes voter ID laws, restrictions on voter registration, cuts to early voting and any other laws resulting in the restriction of lawful access to voting.

It also encourages libraries, librarians and library support staff to “provide information to citizens to mitigate these restrictions should they remain in effect on Election Day.”

ALA Council resolution proclaims value of school libraries, librarians

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution in support of school libraries.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif., directs the ALA to lead the association in “addressing the urgent need for advocacy on behalf of school libraries and librarians.”

It also directs the ALA to address the impact of the “de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs” on students and student achievement.

ALA resolution opposing restriction to materials and open inquiry in Arizona ethnic and cultural studies programs

DALLAS - The Council of the American Library Association has adopted a resolution that:

1. Condemns the suppression of open inquiry and free expression caused by closure of ethnic and cultural studies programs on the basis of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. 

2. Condemns the restriction of access to educational materials associated with ethnic and cultural studies programs.

3. Urges the Arizona legislature to pass HB 2654, “An Act Repealing Sections 15-111 and 15-112, Arizona Revised Statutes; Relating to School Curriculum.” 

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