ALA to study opening lists and shortening meetings


“Several issues discussed at the recent American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting involved ways to make ALA more accessible. Hoping to enable ALA members to become more aware of association business, Councilor Melora Ranney Norman proposed that Council authorize readonly access for virtually all ALA electronic mailing lists, except for closed lists that concern awards or those that affect the privacy of individuals or institutions.

While several councilors said they approved the idea in concept, they had qualms about its implementation. Councilor Bernard Margolis pointed out, for example, that Pat Schroeder, president and CEO of the American Association of Publishers, is a member of ALA. This matter was referred to the existing Task Force on Electronic Member Participation, which will report back at the annual conference in June. Those sessions will be blogged and podcasted…”

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