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Discussion Ask ALA to post executive branch resolutions to We The People?

by Daniel Cornwall on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 07:26 pm

I was talking to a friend of mine about the desire of many within ALA for our resolutions to be more effective. He suggested that ALA consider posting resolutions that require action or response from the Executive Branch be posted to the White House's "We The People" petition site at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions in addition to delivering it to the President and appropriate parties.

I was talking to a friend of mine about the desire of many within ALA for our resolutions to be more effective. He suggested that ALA consider posting resolutions that require action or response from the Executive Branch be posted to the White House's "We The People" petition site at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions in addition to delivering it to the President and appropriate parties.

After a petition was posted, ALA members would be encouraged to sign the petition at We The People, giving them personal buy in to the resolution. Libraries could decide for themselves whether to promote these petitions to their patrons.

This seems like a great idea to me even if we rarely make the 100,000 signature threshhold on our petitions. We would be actively engaging membership in a relatively easy action, building awareness for We The People and would be able to directly measure the engagement of our petitions.

This would ONLY be done for items where action from the Executive Branch is requested. We The People is not an appropriate forum for items requiring Congressional action.

What I'd like from this group is - What do you think about this idea? If you like it, what is the proper vehicle to make it happen? Informal lobbying to Washington Office and COL or should this be a resolution for Annual?

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Discussion Drafting our mission

by Daniel Cornwall on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 07:10 pm

Hi All,

Based on conversations with existing caucus members, I put together the following DRAFT mission/purpose statement of our caucus:

 

To provide space for Councilors and others who wish to discuss:

Hi All,

Based on conversations with existing caucus members, I put together the following DRAFT mission/purpose statement of our caucus:

 

To provide space for Councilors and others who wish to discuss:

  • government information in general
  • current resolutions before Council. We do NOT replace GODORT or COL, but do offer perspectives of Councilors who have interest in/and or knowledge of government information resources
  • review of current ALA policies related to government information
  • brainstorming possible new resolutions related to government information, with an emphasis on things the community might be able to do for itself
  • ways to broaden the appeal of government information beyond the traditional document user community

Again, this is just my impression of what you (mostly Bill and Jennifer) had to say to me along with my own ideas. Please comment on what fits, what doesn't or what you'd like to see discussed in this caucus.

Currently the group can be joined by anyone. If there is a desire to restrict posting to Councilors and just have read access for everyone else, please let me know.

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DRAFT AS OF 1/28/2014 - We can change this!

 

To provide space for Councilors and others who wish to discuss:

  • government information in general
  • current resolutions before Council. We do NOT replace GODORT or COL, but do offer perspectives of Councilors who have interest in/and or knowledge of government information resources
  • review of current ALA policies related to government information
  • brainstorming possible new resolutions related to government information, with an emphasis on things the community might be able to do for itself
  • ways to broaden the appeal of government information beyond the traditional document user community

 

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