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EMIERT (Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table)

Online Doc Results of EMIERT 2016 Elections

by Lori Mestre on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 01:35 pm

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
2016 ELECTION

 

60. ETHNIC AND MULTICULTURAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE ROUND TABLE (EMIERT) Total Ballots:
177


 

MEMBER-AT-LARGE (For a two-year term)  

Veleda Simon Cofield - 152 votes (99.3%) Elected

Write-in Candidate           1 vote (.7%)


 

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
2016 ELECTION

 

60. ETHNIC AND MULTICULTURAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE ROUND TABLE (EMIERT) Total Ballots:
177


 

MEMBER-AT-LARGE (For a two-year term)  

Veleda Simon Cofield - 152 votes (99.3%) Elected

Write-in Candidate           1 vote (.7%)


 

CHANGES TO ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT (VOTE YES or NO)

Yes   163 votes (97.6%) Adopted


 

BYLAW CHANGE TO TERMINATION OF OFFICE SECTION (VOTE YES or NO)

Yes   157 votes (94.6%) Adopted

No         9 votes (5.5%)


 

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Equity for All to School Libraries

Online Doc Background Documents for Equity from ALA Librarian

by Diane Chen on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm

BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS:

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

BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS:

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)

Age

Formats, including electronic

Language diversity

Immigrant populations

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

Literacy

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

 ALA POLICIES

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:

Also:Libraries: An American Value, adopted 1999 - http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/statementspols/librariesamerican

RESOLUTIONS

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

http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governance/council/council_documents/2010annual_council_docus/cd_20_5_20_11_legisl.pdf

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.

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Virtual Membership Meeting

Online Doc VMM16 information, discussion, and documents

by Ron Jankowski on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

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).

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.

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