ALA Council at 2013 Annual and Youth Issues

ALA Council is the governing body of ALA. Council meets during Midwinter and Annual, with significant electronic communication in between.

In January, I posted about Council decisions related to youth issues after Midwinter.

A brief summary of issues with implications for the youth we serve that were taken up by Council at the most recent conference can be found below:

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.
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  1. Thanks for the wrap-up, Kelly. I am still hung up over the passage of the motion to sanction moments of silence at ALA meetings, implying an indictment of organizational events that begin with prayer. As YALSA Past-President Kim Patton and other councilors voiced, this seems overtly alienating to some members we seek to enfranchise and protect, as one speaker called it “a microagression” against minority groups. I am closely watching the follow-up conversation about “what will happen” if a division opts for a more formal prayer at an event. I like to think that, as members of the organization, we have the wherewithal to avoid settings which conflict with our personal beliefs, and I certainly can’t imagine an situation where participation in prayer would be compulsory at an ALA meeting. Great stuff for thought.

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