ALA Council III
ALA Council Actions

ATTACHMENT 2 TO AS-2629-03/FGA - January 29, 2003

AS-2629-03/FGA

MOVED, The adoption of CD#20.1, Resolution on The USA PATRIOT ACT and Related Measures that Infringe on the Rights of Library Users, which read: "That the American Library Association opposes any use of governmental power to suppress the free and open exchange of knowledge and information or to intimidate individuals exercising free inquiry; that the American Library Association encourages all librarians, library administrators, library governing bodies, and library advocates to educate their users, staff, and communities about the process for compliance with the USA PATRIOT ACT and other related measures and about the dangers to individual privacy and the confidentiality of library records resulting from those measures; that the American Library Association urges librarians everywhere to defend and support user privacy and free and open access to knowledge and information; that the American Library Association will work with other organizations, as appropriate, to protect the rights of inquiry and free expression; that the American Library Association will take actions as appropriate to obtain and publicize information about the surveillance of libraries and library users by law enforcement agencies and to assess the impact on library users and their communities; that the American Library Association urges all libraries to adopt and implement patron privacy and record retention policies that affirm that 'the collection of personally identifiable information should only be a matter of routine or policy when necessary for the fulfillment of the mission of the library' (ALA Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights); that the American Library Association urges the United States Congress to:

  1. Provide active oversight of the implementation of the USA PATRIOT ACT and other related measures, and the revised Attorney General Guidelines to the Federal Bureau of Investigation;


  2. Hold hearings to determine the extent of the surveillance on library users and their communities; and


  3. Amend or change the sections of these laws and the guidelines that threaten or abridge the rights of inquiry and free expression; and


That this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States, to the Attorney General of the United States, to Members of both Houses of Congress, to the library community, and to others as appropriate."

DEFEATED, A motion to amend the third section of the seventh resolved clause of CD#20.1, Resolution On The USA PATRIOT ACT and Related Measures that Infringe on the Rights of Library Users, by adding the words "or eliminate..." It would then read: "Amend, change or eliminate the sections of these laws and the guidelines that threaten or abridge the rights of inquiry and free expression."

VOTED, To amend the seventh resolved clause of CD#20.1, Resolution On The USA Patriot Act and Related Measures that Infringe on the Rights of Library Users, to read: "That the American Library Association considers sections of the USA PATRIOT ACT are a present danger to the constitutional rights and privacy rights of library users and urges the United States Congress to..."

DEFEATED, A motion to amend the first section of the seventh resolved clause by adding the words Homeland Security Act after the words USA PATRIOT ACT. It would then read: "Provide active oversight of the implementation of the USA PATRIOT ACT, the Homeland Security Act, and other related measures..."

VOTED, To adopt CD#20.1, Resolution On The USA PATRIOT ACT and Related Measures that Infringe on the Rights of Library Users, as amended to read: "That the American Library Association opposes any use of governmental power to suppress the free and open exchange of knowledge and information or to intimidate individuals exercising free inquiry; that the American Library Association encourages all librarians, library administrators, library governing bodies, and library advocates to educate their users, staff, and communities about the process for compliance with the USA PATRIOT ACT and other related measures and about the dangers to individual privacy and the confidentiality of library records resulting from those measures; that the American Library Association urges librarians everywhere to defend and support user privacy and free and open access to knowledge and information; that the American Library Association will work with other organizations, as appropriate, to protect the rights of inquiry and free expression; that the American Library Association will take actions as appropriate to obtain and publicize information about the surveillance of libraries and library users by law enforcement agencies and to assess the impact on library users and their communities; that the American Library Association urges all libraries to adopt and implement patron privacy and record retention policies that affirm that "the collection of personally identifiable information should only be a matter of routine or policy when necessary for the fulfillment of the mission of the library" (ALA Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights); that the American Library Association considers sections of the USA PATRIOT ACT are a present danger to the constitutional rights and privacy rights of library users and urges the United States Congress to:

  1. Provide active oversight of the implementation of the USA PATRIOT ACT and other related measures, and the revised Attorney General Guidelines to the Federal Bureau of Investigation;


  2. Hold hearings to determine the extent of the surveillance on library users and their communities; and


  3. Amend or change the sections of these laws and the guidelines that threaten or abridge the rights of inquiry and free expression; and


That this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States, to the Attorney General of the United States, to Members of both Houses of Congress, to the library community, and to others as appropriate."

January 29, 2003



 
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