SRRT (Social Responsibilities Round Table)

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The Social Responsibilities Round Table works to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for the entire profession. Concern for human and economic rights was an important element in the founding of SRRT and remains an urgent concern today. SRRT believes that libraries and librarians must recognize and help solve social problems and inequities in order to carry out their mandate to work for the common good and bolster democracy.

Learn more about SRRT on the ALA website.

NEW! Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012

  • 1.  NEW! Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012

    Posted Feb 08, 2012 12:28 PM

    NEW! Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012

    Please join us for the kick-off webinar of the Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 :
    Feb 28, 2012  -  2:00-3:00 (EST) - Call to Action and Collaboration!

    ALA's Task Force On the Environment (TFOE) has been engaged in environmental issues for over 20 years and done some tremendous work but has suffered from a lack of participation and lost momentum in recent years. Join us, and Maria A. Jankowska (UCLA Research Librarian and Editor of Electronic Green Journal), most recent TFOE chair, to understand what TFOE has accomplished, including pitfalls and successes -- plus recommendations for next steps. Should this group be revitalized and/or is a change in direction indicated? What are some options for remaining engaged at the local and national levels? Where are opportunities for collaboration and action around broader sustainability issues?

    Hopeful outcomes: Informal meeting at ALA 2012 in June to work on forming a new group; planning for sustainability-related presentations at ALA 2013! - Sign up now!
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dGxWaVlSYS10amQ3aF9qVmxEbzdjM1E6MQ#gid=0

    Time permitting, please review Maria's recent article, Going beyond Environmental Programs and Green Practices at the American Library Association (http://escholarship.org/uc/uclalib_egj), which provides a helpful timeline of TFOE's history and associated activities.

    Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

    Stay tuned for more webinars:
    April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) - Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries
    June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) - Preparing for ALA Annual Informal Meeting
    August 28, 2012 2:00-3:00 (EST) - Action Plan Follow Up & Discussion

    Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at mcharney@library.umass.edu or Beth FilarWilliams at greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com