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AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
60. ETHNIC AND MULTICULTURAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE ROUND TABLE (EMIERT) Total Ballots:
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%)
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.
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.