The mission of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) is to (1) To provide a forum for discussion of problems, concerns, and for exchange of ideas by librarians working with government documents; (2) to provide a force for initiating and supporting programs to increase availability, use, and bibliographic control of documents; (3) to increase communication between documents librarians and other librarians; (4) to contribute to the extension and improvement of education and training of documents librarians.
Learn more about GODORT on the ALA website.
Are there any resolutions GODORT members would like ALA Council to take up in June? Please contact me if you know of issues ALA should address. The GODORT Legislation Committee does an excellent job of crafting resolutions and by starting before ALA's annual conference, the quality can be refined before Council meets. As your councilor, I want to carry your concerns forward.
Of possible interest to GODORT members, Diedre Conkling's message to the ALA Council list links to a survey of ALA election participants. The survey notes that only about 1/5 of ALA members voted and looks at the reasons given. As 195 of about 917 GODORT members cast ballots for our round table's slate of candidates, our members participation rate is in line with the rest of the association.
I applaud the work of GODORT's Nominating Committee and hope that GODORT's members who chose not to vote weren't among the 75% of survey respondents who indicated "I was unfamiliar with the candidates" as their reason for not voting.
You may find this survey of interest. I think it is great that someone took the initiative to do this survey. I did not find the results particularly surprising but that's just me. ;-) happy reading: ALA Election Participation Survey – Results: http://lifeinoleg.com/librarianship/nonvoterssurvey-result. -- Diedre Conkling Lincoln County Library District P.O. Box 2027 Newport, OR 97365 Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066 Work email: email@example.com Home email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More news from the ALA Council list The link below takes readers to an open letter from the Presidents of the American Library Association and American Association of School Librarians in response to the recent decision on the part of the Los Angeles Unified School District to eliminate all certified school librarians from the district.
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