Resolution on Rebuilding Libraries and Archives Damaged or Destroyed by the Earthquake and Tsunami in South Asia

Whereas,

On December 26, 2004 a massive earthquake and tsunami in South Asia, and parts of Africa, has caused the death of over 150,000 people across the region, including library workers and their families; and

Whereas,

The ALA Council observed a moment of silence for all of the victims of the  tragedy at its Midwinter Meeting on January 17, 2004; and

Whereas,

This tremendous tragedy has resulted in damage and destruction to libraries  and archives throughout the region; and

Whereas,

Libraries and archives are vital to all societies especially in helping citizens  recover in times of crisis; and

Whereas,

ALA policy 58.1 (7) objective is “to promote awareness of the importance of  the role of librarians, libraries, and information services in national and international development,” and

Whereas,

ALA policy 8.3 states “When a disaster occurs that affects one or more  libraries, the staff or friends of those libraries are encouraged to contact the ALA for assistance. Such assistance shall include, at a minimum: (1) the provision of information to the public about the disaster, its effect on the library, and where contributions can be made and (2) information to the library on dealing with disasters”, and

Whereas,

ALA Executive Board has established a policy EBD # 12.16 rev.  2004-2005 for reviewing and responding to the destruction of libraries  nationally and internationally; therefore, be it

Resolved,

The American Library Association express its deepest sympathy to library  associations and national libraries and archives in the region; and

Resolved,

That the American Library Association work in coordination with other  U.S. Associations, IFLA and its members, and UNESCO on the international  response to this disaster, and

Resolved,

That ALA publicize and provide information on the damage to libraries in the region to the library community and the public on the importance of rebuilding affected libraries and their collections; and

Resolved,

That ALA publicize and provide information on how and where the library community and the public can contribute to these rebuilding efforts.

Adopted by the
Council of the American Library Association
January 12, 2005, in Boston, Massachusetts

Keith M. Fiels
Executive Director

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