Magazine article American Libraries

Council Approves: New Strategic Plan, Award

Magazine article American Libraries

Council Approves: New Strategic Plan, Award

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Council approved CD#37, the new ALA Strategic Directions document, overwhelmingly. Strategic Directions is the Association's new five-year strategic plan, which focuses on advocacy, information policy, and professional and leadership development. It replaces the ALA 2015 plan.

A new award, the Ernest A. DiMattia Jr. Award for Innovation and Service to the Community and the Profession (CD#7), passed with no discussion. The $5,000 award will be presented annually.

The Committee on Legislation's resolution against mass surveillance of the American people (CD#42) was referred back to the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee after extensive debate, as was CD#20.2, a resolution on the passage of the USA Freedom Act and Reaffirming ALA's Commitment to Surveillance Law Reform, a proposed substitute for CD#42.

Three action items from the Intellectual Freedom Committee on internet filtering (CD#19.3), labeling systems (CD#19.4), and rating systems (CD#19.5) each passed.

Resolutions approved by council include:

* CD#46_62915_ _act, endorsing the statement from the Movement for Black Lives on the Charleston shooting

* CD#38_Revised-2_62915_ _act, on improving access to Spanish and bilingual books in various languages for children in detention centers

* CD#45, an amended resolution on gun violence

* CD#36, on the importance of sustainable libraries

* CD#43, denouncing the systemic racism that motivated the South Carolina shootings

A Resolution on Libraries and Schools Affected by the Conflict in Gaza and Israel in 2014 (CD#40) was defeated. …

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