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Discussion Ethic Statments

by Sara Dallas on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Good afternoon to all of my colleagues, I am sending this from snowy Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Good afternoon to all of my colleagues, I am sending this from snowy Saratoga Springs, NY. 

I would like to remind you that ALA Council has a Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE).   COPE’s charge:   The council committee on professional ethics shall augment the Code of Ethics by explanatory interpretations and additional statements, prepared by this committee or elicited from other units of ALA. When units of the association develop statements dealing with ethical issues, a copy will be sent to the committee on professional ethics for review so that it may be compared to the existing ALA code of ethics in order to determine whether or not conflicts occur.

 If your unit is developing a statement dealing with ethical issues, please remember to send a copy to the Committee on Professional Ethics for review.  We are also available to lend a hand.  Thanks and please feel free to share this message with your units. 

 For more information about COPE, please visit http://www.ala.org/aboutala/committees/ala/ala-profethic  

 

Sara Dallas

 

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Discussion Educational Requirements for Executive Director

by Peter Hepburn on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 09:28 am

Council:

 

As you know, ALA Executive Director (ED) Keith Fiels is retiring in July 2017, and the Executive Board is developing a selection process for the ED search.  This review involves, among other things, an assessment of the organizational information related to ALA recruitment and hiring, a discussion of position requirements, and preferences for education and experience with Board as well as a scan of ALA’s contemporary hiring practices.

 

Council:

 

As you know, ALA Executive Director (ED) Keith Fiels is retiring in July 2017, and the Executive Board is developing a selection process for the ED search.  This review involves, among other things, an assessment of the organizational information related to ALA recruitment and hiring, a discussion of position requirements, and preferences for education and experience with Board as well as a scan of ALA’s contemporary hiring practices.

 

Recognizing that Council is the governing body of ALA and recognizing that there is a variety of opinion about the ALA-accredited degree requirement, the Executive Board would like to expand the conversation of whether or not the degree should be required for the Executive Director position.  Attached is a draft resolution, presented without prejudice, to open the conversation.  The draft resolution presents a single resolved clause that amends existing policy, making the degree preferred.  The test of the draft resolution is pasted below as well.

 

A second document is attached titled “Educational Requirements for Future ALA Executive Directors Required ALA-Masters -Pros and Cons”.  This document is a collection of notes regarding input to date on the question of requiring or preferring the ALA-accredited degree.  It is provided as information for those who prefer to contemplate decisions in such a way.

 

The Executive Board welcomes the input of Council in the time before we convene at Midwinter to discuss and refine the resolution that we will ultimately present to Council next month.  Council is invited to post comments to this list and through ALA Connect.

 

Thank you,

Peter Hepburn, on behalf of the ALA Executive Board

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Discussion Executive Director Education Requirements (updated to correct typo in title)

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 02:35 pm

From Jim Neal:

Council Colleagues, thanks to everyone who participated in the Connect discussion and voted in the poll on the resolution concerning the executive director educational requirements. 

Please find below the verification from Eli Mina of the results of the Council ballot on the resolution. Please note that two individuals submitted their “no” votes orally and not on Connect. Lois Ann will send out a follow up message explaining the total number of 180 for Councilors eligible to vote. Jim. 

 

From Jim Neal:

Council Colleagues, thanks to everyone who participated in the Connect discussion and voted in the poll on the resolution concerning the executive director educational requirements. 

Please find below the verification from Eli Mina of the results of the Council ballot on the resolution. Please note that two individuals submitted their “no” votes orally and not on Connect. Lois Ann will send out a follow up message explaining the total number of 180 for Councilors eligible to vote. Jim. 

 

Thank you Lois Ann for submitting the poll numbers for verification.  Below is my verification.

Quorum requirement:

As per ALA Bylaws, the quorum requirement for the poll was 50% of the voting membership of Council. 

Council currently has 180 voting members in office, and 50% of this number is 90 Council members. 

A total of 151 of 180 Council members participated in the poll, making 83.889% of the voting membership of Council, substantially above the 50% mark. 

Therefore, the quorum requirement for the poll was met.

 

Voting threshold:

As per ALA Bylaws: To be adopted, the proposal required a 75% majority vote (75% of the total number of the votes cast, excluding abstentions).

The total number of votes cast in the affirmative (115) plus the total number of votes cast in the negative (34) was 149.

The number of positive votes (115) divided by the total number of votes cast, excluding abstentions (149) is 0.7718

This means that the percentage of votes in the affirmative exceeded the required 75% threshold.

Therefore, the motion was duly adopted by Council by 77.18% of the total votes cast, excluding abstentions.

 

Please let me know whether you require any further input.

 

Eli Mina, Board Effectiveness Consultant &
Registered Parliamentarian
604-730-0377
Free articles at www.elimina.com/insights

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Discussion Executive Director Search - Poll is Open!

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Dear Councilors,

The ALA Connect poll is now open. Go to http://connect.ala.org/node/270967, login, and cast your vote. The poll will remain open until 12:00 noon Central time on Monday, November 20. Voting will only take place on ALA Connect.

As with all Council votes, this will not be an anonymous poll; individuals’ names will be associated with their votes just as they are in open Council meetings.

Dear Councilors,

The ALA Connect poll is now open. Go to http://connect.ala.org/node/270967, login, and cast your vote. The poll will remain open until 12:00 noon Central time on Monday, November 20. Voting will only take place on ALA Connect.

As with all Council votes, this will not be an anonymous poll; individuals’ names will be associated with their votes just as they are in open Council meetings.

You may vote Yes, No, or Abstain. As noted by ALA President Jim Neal, for the vote to be valid, at least 50 percent of Councilors must participate. According to the ALA Bylaws, approval of the resolution in an electronic vote requires a 75 percent majority of those voting Yes or No. These requirements have been confirmed by ALA Parliamentarian Eli Mina.

Once the poll closes, Council Secretariat Lois Ann Gregory-Wood will tally the votes and Eli Mina will verify the results. Results will be announced no later than 4:30 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday, November 21. Results will be posted both on ALA Connect as well as this Council list.

ALA Treasurer Susan Hildreth posted the Resolved clause you will be considering on ALA Connect this morning (http://connect.ala.org/node/270959):

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

1. amends the educational qualification for the ALA Executive Director to make an ALA-accredited Master's Degree or a CAEP-accredited Master's Degree with a specialty in school library media a preferred but not required educational qualification.

Mover: Susan H. Hildreth, on behalf of the Executive Board

NOTE:  Background documents presented to the 2017 Midwinter Council are available at: http://connect.ala.org/node/270833

Thank you.

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Discussion Resolution re education requirements for ALA Executive Director

by Susan Hildreth on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 10:01 am

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

1. amends the educational qualification for the ALA Executive Director to make an ALA-accredited Master's Degree or a CAEP-accredited Master's Degree with a specialty in school library media a preferred but not required educational qualification.

Mover: Susan H. Hildreth, on behalf of the Executive Board

NOTE:  Background documents presented to the 2017 Midwinter Council are available at: http://connect.ala.org/node/270833

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

1. amends the educational qualification for the ALA Executive Director to make an ALA-accredited Master's Degree or a CAEP-accredited Master's Degree with a specialty in school library media a preferred but not required educational qualification.

Mover: Susan H. Hildreth, on behalf of the Executive Board

NOTE:  Background documents presented to the 2017 Midwinter Council are available at: http://connect.ala.org/node/270833

The ballot will open at 12 noon CST today and close at 12 noon CST on Monday, November 20th.  

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Discussion Executive Director Search - Voting soon

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 09:10 am

From Jim Neal:

From Jim Neal:

Council Colleagues, thanks to the members of Council who have shared their views on the educational requirements for the ALA executive director position. We will now proceed with the vote. Only 2017-18 members of Council are eligible to participate. Susan Hildreth will introduce the formal resolution. The vote will proceed on the polling function in Connect. JoAnne Kempf and Lois Ann Gregory Wood will provide instructions. Councilors may vote Yes, No or Abstain. A Yes vote is in favor of changing the current required Master’s Degree to a preferred Master’s Degree. For the vote to be valid, at least 50 percent of Councilors must participate. According to the ALA By-laws, approval of the resolution in an electronic vote requires a 75 percent majority of those voting Yes or No. These requirements have been confirmed by Eli Mina, ALA Parliamentarian. The ballot will open at 12 noon Central time today, Monday, November 13, and will close at 12 noon Central time on Monday, November 20. The ballots will be verified, and the results will be reviewed by the ALA Parliamentarian before they are announced by the end of the day on Tuesday, November 21.  Jim Neal.

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Discussion Executive Director Search - documents and discussion

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 09:54 am

Hello Councilors,

As a follow-up to Jim Neal's earlier message, attached are the following documents:

Hello Councilors,

As a follow-up to Jim Neal's earlier message, attached are the following documents:

  • CD#14 - Resolution on the Education Requirements for Future ALA Executive Directors
  • CD#14.1 - Pros and Cons of Education Requirements for Future ALA Executive Directors
  • Transcript of Council's discussion and action on Resolution on the Education Requirements for Future ALA Executive Directors

These are being sent as reference and to assist in the current discussion on whether or not to amend ALA Policy A.4.1.1. The current language  is as follows:

A.4.1.1 Executive Director

The Executive Director shall be authorized to carry out the provisions of the budget including hiring and firing of staff without submitting matters previously authorized or individual appointments to the Executive Board except in the form of reports of action. Any action by the Executive Director shall be subject to review by the Executive Board upon request of any member of the Executive Board. An ALA-accredited Master’s Degree or a CAEP-accredited Master’s Degree with a specialty in school library media is a required qualification for the ALA Executive Director.

The Board is proposing the following amendment:

A.4.1.1 Executive Director

The Executive Director shall be authorized to carry out the provisions of the budget including hiring and firing of staff without submitting matters previously authorized or individual appointments to the Executive Board except in the form of reports of action. Any action by the Executive Director shall be subject to review by the Executive Board upon request of any member of the Executive Board. An ALA-accredited Master’s Degree or a CAEP-accredited Master’s Degree with a specialty in school library media is a preferred but not required qualification for the ALA Executive Director.

Here is the timeline for this discussion and vote:

  • November 2 -12 – Discussion via ALA Connect
  • November 13 – 20 – Voting via Connect poll (this will not be an anonymous poll; people’s names will be associated with their votes as they are in an open Council meeting)
  • November 21 – results posted

We are asking that you conduct your discussion here on ALA Connect to keep everything contained in one place.

Thank you,

JoAnne Kempf

Director, Office of ALA Governance

 

 

 

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Discussion Executive Director Search

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 08:58 am

Message to ALA 2017-18 Council Members from ALA President Jim Neal:

Council Colleagues:

The ALA Executive Board met on October 26-27 to discuss next steps in the executive director search. We met with Courtney Young, chair of the search committee, Dan Hoppe, director of human resources at ALA, and a representative of the search firm to review the process and outcome of the search.

The Board took the following actions, all unanimously supported:

Message to ALA 2017-18 Council Members from ALA President Jim Neal:

Council Colleagues:

The ALA Executive Board met on October 26-27 to discuss next steps in the executive director search. We met with Courtney Young, chair of the search committee, Dan Hoppe, director of human resources at ALA, and a representative of the search firm to review the process and outcome of the search.

The Board took the following actions, all unanimously supported:

-  endorsed asking the current members of the search committee and the chair to continue into the next round of the search

-  endorsed continuing to work with the search firm Isaacson Miller

-  agreed to review the position posting

-  endorsed changing the educational requirements to a preferred ALA accredited Master’s Degree or CAEP accredited Master’s Degree with a specialty in School Media, as per the search committee recommendation

-  endorsed moving the question of the change in educational requirements to Council for online debate and electronic vote

On the matter of Council debate and vote, I move on behalf of the ALA Executive Board, that the educational requirements for the ALA executive director position be changed to a preferred ALA accredited Master’s Degree or CAEP accredited Master’s Degree with a speciality in School Media.

Discussion of this resolution by members of ALA Council will proceed on ALA Connect during November 2-12. ALA Governance Office staff will post documents to ALA Connect for Council members to review as part of the discussion, including materials and the transcript from the 2017 Midwinter debate. Please conduct all discussion on ALA Connect and not on the Council list.

ALA Council will then proceed to an electronic ballot and vote on the resolution via Connect poll during November 13-20. This is not an anonymous poll as people’s names with be associated with their votes as they are in open Council meetings. The results of the vote will be announced on November 21.

Thanks, Jim Neal.

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Discussion recommended changes to the Conference Code of Conduct

by Martin Garnar on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 01:43 pm

Hello Councilors.  I'm sharing this in my role as co-chair of the ALA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Implementation Working Group.  One of the recommendations that was delegated to us from the list of recommendations generated by the Task Force on EDI was to develop a statement related to EDI for conference participants.  After discussion, we felt the best way to approach this was to suggest changes to the existing Code of Conduct for consideration by Conference Services, and we also wanted to share this with Council so that you could comment on these suggested revisions, with the p

Hello Councilors.  I'm sharing this in my role as co-chair of the ALA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Implementation Working Group.  One of the recommendations that was delegated to us from the list of recommendations generated by the Task Force on EDI was to develop a statement related to EDI for conference participants.  After discussion, we felt the best way to approach this was to suggest changes to the existing Code of Conduct for consideration by Conference Services, and we also wanted to share this with Council so that you could comment on these suggested revisions, with the plan to send both our suggested changes and any feedback from Council to Conference Services to be considered at the same time.

Please note that we used the Code of Conduct from the National Diversity in Libraries Conference as a reference for our suggestions, which are largely related to the list of prohibited behaviors.  The revisions are attached to this post as a Word document showing the tracked changes.

We would like to send all materials to Conference Services by the end of August, so please make your comments by August 31st. As we know that Connect will be not fully accessible during the migration to a new platform, you are welcome to send your comments to me if you're unable to comment via Connect, so send them to mgarnar@uccs.edu.

Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions.

 

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