William Sannwald Answers Your Questions

William Sannwald was the first ALA Presidential Candidate to ring in with the answers to your questions. The questions are bolded, followed by the answers.

I was overwhelmed with the number of questions I received from librarians in the US and from around the world (the total was somewhere around 50). Normally I am lucky to get 10 responses to a call for submissions from people, so this seems to be an important topic for the LISNews audience. I chose what I felt were the best ones, omitted the duplicates (most popular were questions on pay and image), and ran them through a spell checker. What you see are the unedited questions I received, more or less in the order I received them.

I did move the very first question to the first position in this list, it struck me as being the simplest question, but yet the hardest question to answer.

They were free to answer or ommitt any of the questions. I removed the names to protect the innocent, and did not number the questions.

Why should I continue to pay my dues and remain a
member of the ALA?
Being a member of ALA makes one part of the collective
voice of libraries and librarians in the USA.  It also
enables members to have access to the programming and
publications of ALA, including American Libraries as well as
Divisional Journals and Newsletters.In addition, involvement in
the association creates a bond and allows for a lifetime of
friendship with other members.When I look back at my career, it
was involvement in ALA that was one of the things that helped me
develop my appreciation of and skill in the craft of


Ask The ALA Presidential Candidates

Rory\'s ALA candidate post got me to thinking....

What do I know about the candidates running this year?
How can I learn more?

And the answer came....

Ask Them!

I have emailed all 3 candidates (Maurice Freedman, Ken Haycock, and William Sannwald) to request an email-interview for LISNews.

I\'d like to hear from you, the loyal LISNews reader, what do you want to know? I will be emailing the candidates a list of questions, and you can find the answers here begining on January 8, 2001.

You can post your questions below, or email me, and I will choose the most interesting to pass along.

Update 12/21 9:30am : All 3 candidates have agreed to participate!

Update 12/22 noon : Questions have been sent. Responses next year, hopefully Jan 8.


Rare 3rd Candidate for ALA President

It happens infrequently, but it has happened before. Occassionally a third candidate enters the race for ALA President. Occassionally, that third canididate has also won. This year Maurice (Mitch) Freedman is running, in addition to Ken Haycock and William Sannwald. ALA put out a press release announcing Mitch\'s candidacy. The text of his campaign flyer is inside, if you want to read further.


ALA Midwinter Conference

I have noticed that some LISNews readers consider ALA hopelessly lost and characterize it as wasting its time with issues like the Boy Scouts. I wonder how much these folks actually know about the American Library Association and what it does.

Readers may be interested in knowing about what ALA has planned for the upcoming Midwinter conference. The Midwinter conference is smaller than the annual conference and mostly focuses on business meetings of the various units and committees, but there are also some events that give a flavor for what ALA is doing. Read on for a recent news release describing what is going on at the ALA Midwinter conference next January.


Progressive Librarians Guild

Progressive Librarians Guild, an affiliate organization of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association, was formed in January 1990 by a group of librarians concerned with our profession\'s rapid drift into dubious alliances with business and the information industry, and into complacent acceptance of service to the political, economic and cultural status quo.

The development of public libraries was spurred by popular sentiment which held that real democracy requires an enlightened citizenry, and that society should provide all people with the means for free intellectual development. Current trends in librarianship assert that the library is merely a neutral mediator in the information marketplace and a facilitator of a value-neutral information society.

Members of PLG do not accept this notion of neutrality, and we strongly oppose the commodification of information. We will help to dissect the implications of these powerful trends, and fight their anti-democratic tendency.



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