Conference reports coming up
Over the next few days I’ll be reporting on aspects of the ALA Conference that just took place in New Orleans, and talking about some of the things that ALA as an organization has been working on. It seems to me that ALA members like me who are very involved in the association could do a little more than we do to communicate what the organization as a whole is up to. Foremost in my mind are usually the projects that my small groups in the association are working on, but if I only talk about those things I think I’m doing a mild disservice to the larger organization, whose many activities I strongly support. Among the things I’ll be posting about pretty soon are the strategic plan (including how ALA is going to spend our dues increase) and the ALA Conference’s role in New Orleans recovery, and what it was like to be there. In a few weeks the full text of the resolutions passed by Council will be on the ALA website, and I’ll link to them; I will briefly list them before that.
I should note that the resolutions that passed mostly passed very easily, and even those that passed by close votes or failed didn’t require lengthy debate. This conference was very smooth, and there was a strong sense of cooperation throughout. That sense of cooperation and flow was evident in San Antonio at Midwinter as well, but it was even more prominent this time. I think librarians who have often been at odds on issues over the years have rediscovered our common ground in the face of the Bush Administration and its drastic changes, and being in New Orleans following Katrina has also brought out our cooperative spirit. Also, President Michael Gorman (Immediate Past President now) deserves to be commended for leading our Council meetings in a style that brought everyone together. How to describe it… He used a deadpan wit that showed a calm and tolerant yet seasoned and amusingly weary attitude toward the attacks that the profession, and he, himself, in his role as ALA President, have been suffering. The standing ovation he received from Council at the end of the last session was lengthy and full of geniune gratitude and appreciation. If bloggers have a real grievance against him for insulting them, and they may, I hope that everyone can put that matter in its proper perspective and appreciate Michael Gorman for his total service to the profession, which has been great.
More to follow…