SRRT (Social Responsibilities Round Table) RoundTable
Please make plans to attend the Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting and Conversation at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.
Sunday, January 26, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center 202A
Conversation Topic: Libraries and Poverty
ALA’s Policy Statement “Library Services to the Poor” states that “it is crucial that libraries recognize their role in enabling poor people to participate fully in a democratic society, by utilizing a wide variety of available resources and strategies.” What policies, services and programs do you think libraries should be implementing to respond to the crisis of increasing economic inequality and the needs of low-income people in the communities we serve?
For those interested, here are two readings to give our conversation a shared point of departure:
Classism in the Stacks: Libraries and Poverty
2005 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture by Sanford Berman
Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement
As part of Sunshine Week -- and in conjunction with the White House's new policy on Open Access to federally funded scientific information -- a small group of government information librarians has started a petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov asking the Obama Administration to assure that there is free permanent public access to ALL authentic government information.
we hope you'll sign the petition and forward on to all your friends and social networks to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by April 11, 2013! Thanks in advance!!
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Require free online permanent public access to ALL federal government information and publications.
1. Assure that GPO has the funds to continue to maintain and develop the Federal Digital System (FDsys).
2. Raise ALL Congressional, Executive & Judicial branch information, publications & data to the level of federally funded scientific information & publish ALL government information as "Open Access."
3. Mandate the free permanent public access to other Federal information currently maintained in fee-based databases - including the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), & USA Trade Online.
4. Establish an interagency, govt-wide strategy to manage the entire lifecycle of digital government information w/ FDLP Libraries - publication, access, usability, bulk download, long-term preservation, standards & metadata.
Our guest speaker at the PLG meeting in Anaheim will be Sara Zettervall, LIS candidate at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. Sara is the winner of the 2012 Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize and will discuss her prize-winning essay "Through a Distant Lens: Visions of Native Hawaiians in Children's Picture Books." In her essay, Zettervall takes a critical view of the depiction of Hawaii in children's picture books available to her from her local library in the Midwest, beginning with the premise that children's literature is one way in which Hawaii is exoticized by and for mainland Americans.
Hyatt Regency Orange County, Royal Ballroom A
A panel representing public, academic, school, and special libraries will present the programs and activities that promoted the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in their libraries and communities to “Keep the Dream Alive.”
During the Audience Exchange attendees will have a two-minute opportunity to tout their own special events. Everyone is asked to bring at least 25 copies of each handout to fully participate in the closing Materials Exchange.