Thursday, July 17, 2014

ALA Annual Conference Report

ALA Annual Conference was held in Las Vegas, NV June 26-July 1, 2014. The average daily temperature hovered around 105 degrees (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USNV0049). Over 18,000 attended the event (http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/past/pastannualconferences).

Highlights of Meetings:

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed the membership speaking to the issue of Network Neutrality.

ALA President-Elect Courtney Young, will partner with ALA Chapters to provide training for a national cohort of 25 librarians from a cross section of libraries to become certified Career Development Facilitators (CDF). Created by the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the CDF program is a comprehensive training designed to address several facets of career planning and the job search.

Capwiz needs to be moved to the new platform by October http://www.ala.org/offices/select-chapter-leaders-forum-documents-and-links#advocacy. Capwiz is the shared online advocacy network for state and federal grassroots advocacy. It provides action alerts to disseminate messages targeting specific elected officials, issues or legislation, allows advocates to contact elected officials easily and is financially supported by ALA.

ALA Annual Conference Council Sessions Report:

1. ALA Strategic Initiatives: Advocacy, Information Policy, Professional and Leadership Development

2. Election Report of the tellers:
  • Committee on Committees:  Ann Crewdson; Karen Downing; Jim Kuhn; Susan Gregory
  • At Large Councilors Planning and Budget Assembly: Loida Garcia-Febo; Matthew Ciszek; Ismail Abdullahi
  • Chapter Councilors PBA Stephanie Braunstein; Regina Cooper

3. Resolutions
  • Stable funding for Air Force libraries
  • Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia government budget autonomy to allow city services, including libraries, to remain open during a Federal Government shutdown
  • Resolution on Digitization of U.S. Government Documents
  • Resolution Reaffirming Support for National Open Internet Policies and “Network Neutrality”
Full Committee reports are available to Councilors on ALA Connect. A link to all council documents will be posted to the blog when it becomes publicly available http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/council

Monday, April 21, 2014

ALA Elections Open Until April 25

From ALA Press Release
http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/04/ala-election-closes-april-25

CHICAGO — The 2014 ALA election will close at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 25.  If you have not yet cast your vote, please do so!  If you have “parked” your ballot (started but not yet completed), please return to complete the process.  In the event you cannot locate the email with your voting credentials, the ALA Member and Customer Service Department can help you.  Contact them at customerservice@ala.org, or 1 (800) 545-2433, option 5.  Remember, in order to vote you must have been a member-in-good-standing of ALA and your divisions and round tables by Jan. 31, 2014.  If you joined or renewed your membership after that date, you are ineligible to vote in the 2014 elections.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

National Library Week & the State of Libraries

From the American Library Association on LinkedIn:


Data and library trends of the past year are detailed in this digital report, released every year as a free American Libraries digital supplement during National Library Week (this week--April 13– 19, 2014).

The report includes data and insights on:
• Ebooks, digital content, and copyright issues
• Library construction and renovation
• Outreach and diversity
• Libraries and community engagement
• Intellectual freedom
• Social networking

You can access the report at http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ALA Elections Now Open




Voting in the 2014 ALA election will begin at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (US) on March 19, 2014. Ballots will close at 11:59 p.m. on April 25, 2014. Eligible members will be sent their voting credentials via email between March 19-21, 2014. Any individuals whose emails bounce will be sent a “snail-mail” letter with their voting credentials. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2014.