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.

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Addressing unaccompanied youth housing and food insecurity through libraries

  • 1.  Addressing unaccompanied youth housing and food insecurity through libraries

    Posted Jan 31, 2023 03:48 PM

    Hi everyone, 

    I'm gathering examples of what libraries are doing to support unaccompanied youth (youth who don't have a parent or guardian actively involved in their lives), ages 10 to 25, who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. If you've addressed unaccompanied youth housing/food insecurity through your library (public, academic, school, other), I'd love to hear from you. I'm interested in hearing about any work you've done with local/national non-library organizations/groups, including official or unofficial partnerships, collaborations, sharing of information, sharing of resources, meetings, conversations, programs, etc.; or programs that are led by unhoused youth; or any other ways, big and small, that you've addressed this topic through your library.  

    I posted a similar request in the summer of 2021, in preparation for teaching a library school class on this topic, and received some great responses. I'm hoping to collect even more examples - my goal is to have an extensive list of a range of ideas so I can provide specific illustrations of what libraries have done and can do, as I reach out to youth-serving organizations. 

    Thank you! Julie Ann Winkelstein 

    Please feel free to forward this request! 

    Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, MLIS
    Librarian, writer, teacher, activist
    Author: Libraries and Homelessness: An Action Guide (

    My pronouns are she, her, hers