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As the ALA Council is also the governing body for the ALA Allied Professional Association, there is a brief business meeting at each conference. We are approaching the 20th anniversary of first the library staff certification program in June and the founding of ALA-APA next January, so there will be programs celebrating these milestones. Though the budgeted revenue targets for FY 20 will likely fall a little short, revenues are still exceeding expenses, so that's good news. The FY 21 budget projects a small ($10K) net revenue. The full reports from the executive director and treasurer are available for your review.
Please note that all Council documents are available on the ALA website, so I will not link every report, but will link those that I think are of particular interest. The meeting opened with the standard action items of adopting the council rules, reviewing the agenda, and approving the minutes from the June, September, and December virtual meetings. All were approved with unanimous consent. ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall reported on the actions of the ALA Executive Board since the 2020 June Virtual Meeting and the implementation of 2020 Virtual Meeting Council Actions. Nominees for the ALA Executive Board were announced (see the report for the 6 original nominees), with one additional nominee (Kari Mitchell, a furloughed public librarian) made from the floor. The Tellers Committee was appointed and instructions for voting were reviewed. Mike Marlin, chair of the Resolutions Committee, presented his report of the committee's recent activities and noted that resolutions can now be submitted at any point during the year. After a short break, the rest of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of the final report from the Forward Together Working Group, along with updates from the Forward Together Fiscal Analysis Working Group and the announcement of the Forward Together Resolutions Working Group (of which I am a part). I would encourage you to read these reports on the Forward Together process and to share your thoughts with me as the Resolutions Working Group begins its work. The main Forward Together Working Group co-chairs gave a presentation with the following findings:
The Fiscal Analysis Working Group will continue to operate, analyzing the fiscal implications of proposals made by the Resolutions Working Group.
Questions/comments raised in the discussion:
I'll have more to report once the Resolutions Working Group gets started.
Tracie Hall reported that we are up to 7,012 registrants (slight increase from yesterday's numbers and reviewed some of the highlights of upcoming programs.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Martin Garnar, IFRT Councilor
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