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From the current strategic plan (http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governance/StrategicPlan/Strategic%20Directions%20June%2028%202015.pdf) on of the eight Key Action Areas
Equitable Access to Information and Library Services
ALA recognizes the critical need for access to library and information resources, services, and technologies by all people, especially those who may experience language or literacy-related barriers; economic distress; cultural or social isolation; physical or attitudinal barriers; racism; discrimination on the basis of appearance, ethnicity, immigrant status, housing status, religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression; or barriers to equal education, employment, and housing.
Goals in support of this Key Action Area are largely under Advocacy:
“deep public understanding of the value and impact of libraries of all types “
“Libraries are funded with staff and resources to meet the needs of their communities. “
Current understanding of “equity” informed by 1999 publication, “Equity of Access”, no. 5 in the ALA Action series, which starts off with the statement, “Equity of access means that all people have the information they need - regardless of age, education, ethnicity, language, income, physical limitations or geographic barriers. It means they are able to obtain information in a variety of formats - electronic, as well as print. It also means they are free to exercise their right to know without fear of censorship or reprisal.” (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/access/equityofaccess and http://www.ala.org/aboutala/missionhistory/keyactionareas/equityaction/equitybrochure)
Catch phrases in the brochure that are likely reflected in resolutions are (in no particular order)
Formats, including electronic
Filtering, especially as tied to E-rate
Challenges include securing funding to serve diverse populations, protecting privacy, ensuring physical, social, economic access, and convincing public that library is a vital community resource
Specific past actions referenced: advocating for funding and policies that support information access
ESEA – now ESSA
AASL’s Information Power – now Standards for the 21st Century Learner - http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/learning
As Council resolutions that define policy and actions on committee or task force reports become part of the Policy Manual, these are the “equity” policy statements:
- · A.1.5 Key Action Areas - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section1/1mission#A.1.5%20Key%20Action%20Areas%20%28Old%20Number%201.4%29 (action on strategic plan)
- · B.1.1 Core Values of Librarianship - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/40corevalues#B.1.1 (action on Core Values Task Forec II Report: 2003-04 CD 7.2)
- · B.2.1 Library Bill of Rights (and several interpretations) - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/53intellfreedom#B.2.1
- · B.3.1 Policy Objectives - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/diversity#B.3.1 – derived from Equity at Issue [1985-1986 CD#30, adopted June 1986
- · B.4.2 Free Access to Information - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/50natinfosvc#B.4.2 (no CD referenced)
- · B.4.3 Bibliographic Data Bases - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/50natinfosvc#B.4.3 1984-85 CD#41
- · B.4.6 Electronic Environment - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/50natinfosvc#B.4.6
- · B.5.2 Financing of Libraries - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/51fedlegislative#B.5.2
- · B.8.1.2 Literacy and the Role of Libraries - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/51fedlegislative#B.5.2
- · B.8.5.3 Immigrants’ Rights to Free Public Library Access - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/52libsvcsandrespon#B.8.5.3
- · B.8.10 Library Services to the Poor - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/52libsvcsandrespon#B.8.10
- · B.9.3.2 Library Services for People with Disabilities - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual/updatedpolicymanual/section2/54libpersonnel#B.9.3.2
Also:Libraries: An American Value, adopted 1999 - http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/statementspols/librariesamerican
Resolutions that might be of interest
http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governance/council/council_documents/2014_annual_conference_documents/cd_43_resol_n_suppt_%20of%20airforce_libs_62814_act.pdf – Resolution in Support of Stable Funding for Air Force Libraries (no new policy)
http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governance/council/council_documents/2012an_council_docus/cd_41_school_libresolution.pdf - Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success
ALA CD#20.6, Resolution to Increase Funding for Improving Literacy through School Libraries Programs to a $100 Million, and CD#20.7, A Resolution to Include School Librarians in the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
We greatly appreciate the assistance of Karen Muller, MLS; Librarian and Knowledge Management Specialist for the American Library Association.
During a recent AASL executive committee meeting, the issue of equity for all students to essential and effective high quality school library programs throughout the country, not only in urban school districts like Chicago, but also in rural districts in every state, arose. As the AASL Division Councilor, I am asking for your help in crafting a resolution for ALA Council that will be purposeful and powerful. By using the ALA Connect Community, we can keep a record of our work plus be open and transparent to all who are interested in this issue.
Let's discuss these and other issues:
1) The equity issue - what have we witnessed happening? Include links to articles, testimonials, etc. Especially things that may become part of our whereas section of the resolution.
2) What we would like an ALA Resolution to accomplish? (The Resolves which tell others what we want to accomplish)
Here are some links that may help:
- Guidelines for Preparation of ALA Resolutions http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/council/resolution_guidelines
- ALA Policy A.4.2.3 Council Resolutions: Guidelines for Preparation http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governa...
- Sample of Resolution format http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governa...
On Sunday, June 26 New York Times best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will sign copies of his latest book at the Preservation Week booth at 1 p.m. Meltzer is the 2016 Preservation Week Honorary Chair and will be an Auditorium Speaker at 10:30-11:30 a.m. on June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.
Brad Meltzer’s catalogue of best-sellers include "The Inner Circle," "The Book of Fate" and several thrillers, including “The Tenth Justice,” “Dead Even,” “The First Counsel,” “The Millionaires,” “The Zero Game,” “The Book of Lies” and “The Fifth Assassin.” His latest thriller “The President’s Shadow” will be available in June. In addition to writing thrillers, Meltzer has authored non-fiction, children’s books and comics. His non-fiction titles “History Decoded,” “Heroes for My Son” and “Heroes for My Daughter” were best-sellers, and his comic "Justice League of America" won the prestigious Eisner Award.
The author of more than 20 books, Meltzer has penned novels for an array of audiences, including history buffs and children. As the host of Brad Meltzer’s “Lost History” on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s “Decoded” on the History Channel, Meltzer has been a champion of historical preservation, making him the ideal Preservation Week Honorary Chair. As Honorary Chair, Meltzer has been featured in print and digital Preservation Week promotional materials and audio PSAs and has participated in interviews with the media.
Brad Meltzer will be doing his first book signing for Preservation Week at the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, and his appearance at the conference and Preservation Week booth is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers. Meltzer will be signing copies of “Ordinary People: I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.,” the latest book in his “Ordinary People” series, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, in the Preservation Week booth.
Established in 2010, Preservation Week is supported by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Preservation Week promotes the importance and understanding of protecting and caring for personal and community cultural heritage collections, including books, documents, photographs, textiles, artwork, furniture and any other collectible items. Since its inception, Preservation Week has assisted libraries in providing their communities with a variety of resources and event ideas for furthering the public’s awareness and practice of preservation. Each year, libraries, archives and museums across the U.S. and around the globe celebrate Preservation Week with a range of unique events and activities.
For more information on Preservation Week, visit www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek.
Libraries Transform is the American Library Association's public awareness campaign. The campaign is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, to ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for the library profession, to showcase the transformative nature of today’s libraries, and to elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital age.
You can find out more about the campaign at its about page. And for updated information you may sign up to receive news and updates and follow #librariestransform. And for more information and how to get involved in the campaign, you may contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help spread the word
Libraries around the country are beginning to use Libraries Transform, the new public awareness campaign from the American Library Association.
What can you do as a Library Student, as an ALA Student Chapter, to help spread the word about the important role of libraries in people’s lives? Here are a few ways to get started.
- Visit your local library.
- National Library Legislative Day, May 2-3, 2016. Help library advocates make the case for libraries in Washington.
- Follow I Love Libraries on Facebook or Twitter. The official hash of the campaign is #librariestransform.
- Share your favorite Because Statement on social media, or write your own!
- Has the library transformed your life? Share your story.
- Watch a message from ALA President Sari Feldman.
- Check out a map of participating libraries.
- Display a Libraries Transform banner on your blog, your Student Chapter Facebook page, your SC website, etc.
- Library professionals and library advocates can visit the Libraries Transform Toolkit. (You’ll have to create an account. Takes just a few minutes!) Then you can access a terrific resource that your Student Chapter can use. For example:
- Include Libraries Transform messaging in your SC newsletters, e-newsletters or regular email blasts to your members.
- Host an event to build community/university awareness of new creative services at libraries (such as a makerspace, new collaborative work spaces or a new digital collection). You could use this as a teachable moment to increase the awareness of the importance of libraries in communities nationwide, as well as locally.
- Use the Libraries Transform brand on campus flyers and brochures to promote special programs and services at your university library. Get your university library involved if it isn’t already involved!
- The above brief list was adapted from “Ten Ways to Get Involved.”
- I’m confident your Student Chapter can come up with more ways. If yours does, I’d be glad to receive a story for the ALA Student membership blog. Feel free to share your ideas on this e-list, too.
You can also share ideas, initiatives, and much more, in the ALA Connect Student Chapter Leadership community. (You’ll see the community has not been as active as anticipated; however, now is your opportunity. Indeed, I’ve added this message as the first new posting in a while.)
#LibrariesTransform lives and communities!
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All about VMM16
If you have not already done so, please a few minutes to register (bit.ly/VMM16register) and join ALA leaders and hundreds of ALA members for the annual ALA Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM16) on Thursday, June 2, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CDT).
VMM16 is a terrific way to have your voice heard, to discuss essential topics with other members via text-chat, and to connect with colleagues, old and new. Live captioning is provided so all registrants can participate. It is your chance to contribute, connect, and engage. This virtual meeting will:
- update you about ALA’s strategic directions and finances;
- cover topics related to the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign as well as the work of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and
- provide participants the opportunity to submit and to vote on resolutions or testimonials.
Registration (bit.ly/VMM16register) is now open. A dedicated VMM16 ALA web page and this Connect group provide detailed information and relevant documents. If you are considering submitting a resolution, you’ll find complete guidelines on the web page. Remember to submit your resolution no later than 1:30 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, May 26. The meeting officially concludes at 2:30 p.m. (CDT), but the text-chat session will remain open for an additional 15 minutes to allow participants to wrap up their conversations.
This Connect group is also an excellent place to share thoughts with your colleagues across the country and around the world prior to VMM16.