Controversy abounded around resolutions in support of Edward Snowden as a whistleblower. Initially passed in Council I, the resolution was overturned and replaced with a resolution introduced by the Committee on Legislation in Council III: Resolution on the need for reforms for the intelligence community to support privacy, open government, government transparency and accountability. There are those who still debate the original. Another controversial resolution would have ALA divest investments from fossil fuel industries. Although hotly debated, the resolution failed. Another "green"resolution introduced, directs ALA to decrease printing costs for Council meetings. This resolution overwhelmingly, if not unanimously passed. Now let's hope internet access is adequate in future meetings so that documents are accessible.
Other Resolutions that passed:
- Resolution Reaffirming ALA’s Commitment to Basic Literacy
- Declaration for the Right to Libraries Resolution
- Resolution Commending the Freedom to Read Foundation
- Resolution on Library Service to the Community in a Natural Disaster
- Resolution on Government Printing Office as official repository for government information
- Resolution on supporting librarians in libel suits
President Barbara Stripling introduced her initiative for libraries with the Declaration for the Right to Libraries resolution. She and ALA will develop a national campaign to gather signatures on the declaration in support of libraries. The goal is to collect one million or more signatures. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, find out more at www.ala.org/advocacy-right-libraries.
Vickie Mix, ALA Chapter Councilor
South Dakota Library Association