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First, I'd like to point out that the mover is not on council, and so isn't likely to see a discussion on this forum, though I believe at last part of it has been forwarded to her. I don't know if Sherre is aware who is on the awards committee, let alone whether she knows how to go about contacting them. For myself, as the councilor of a Round Table of which she's a member, I serve her. I take orders from her, from the rest of the SRRT Action Council, and from the SRRT membership at large.
This is, to my mind, exactly the sort of thing the membership meeting is for: so that when a member, like Sherre Harrington, sees something about the association that they think needs to be changed, they have an opportunity to gather support directly from other members and send a message to us on council that they want us to take action. We shouldn't be trying to shoehorn council expectations into the membership meeting. That process is complex enough for those of us on council: we shouldn't expect members to learn them on the fly when they have an idea they want to present to their fellow members. I don't think we should expect the members at the membership meeting to know all the things council members do, and I wouldn't presume to tell Sherre or any member that they have to adhere to any council process that isn't also required for the membership meeting, let alone unwritten council 'norms.' To my knowledge the membership meeting is not binding. The Dewey Award still exists until we take steps to change that. For such a low-stakes meeting the barriers should be lower, shouldn't they?
Because of the below conversations on the SRRT listserv, the four resolutions introduced at the membership meeting yesterday seem to have been developed by the Social Responsibilities Roundtable. I hope this clarifies why I and others asked questions about collaborating with, or at least informing those units that the resolutions will be introduced. I'm curious as to why the movers chose this route when the roundtable has a Councilor. I believe that we make better policy when we talk to each other about possible intended and unintended consequences.
Here are excerpts from the SRRT Listserv that informed my stance:
"Here is a resolution that we will bring to the SRRT Action Council and the ALA Membership Meeting on Saturday, June 22, 4:30-5:30 pm in the Washington Convention Center in DC during the ALA Annual Conference. If you are going to the conference, PLEASE come to the ALA Membership Meeting to vote on this resolution and 3 other SRRT resolutions. If we get enough SRRT members to this meeting, we can definitely pass the resolution, which then automatically goes to the ALA Council agenda. Unfortunately, we have not been able to get enough SRRT members to this meeting in recent years to make a difference. We are not talking about a lot of folks. If we could get 50 more of us to the meeting, we could do this. So again, if you are going to DC, please please go to the ALA Membership Meeting and vote."
"I'm writing to let you know of an opportunity to pass an important resolution within the American Library Association (ALA). The Social Responsibilities Round Table, along with others, plans to introduce a resolution to ask ALA to oppose anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) legislation. The resolution will be brought first to the ALA Membership Meeting, which will be held Saturday, June 22, 4:30-5:30, Convention Center, Ballroom A. I am hoping to count on your presence and support. However, if you are unable to attend please spread the word and let folks know how they can vote for it. After passing the membership meeting, the resolution will be sent to the council for a vote. Once approved by a council vote, then we can mandate that all members of Congress get a copy of the resolution. I've attached the draft of the resolution below."
Ann Dutton Ewbank, PhD
Director of Accreditation and Operations
Director, School Library Media Certificate
Department of Education
College of Education, Health and Human Development
Montana State University
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