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.

  • 1.  Call for a SRRT Representative at MLK Sunrise Celebration during ALA’s Library Learning Experience (LLX) in Baltimore, MD

    Posted Dec 28, 2023 11:23 AM
    Dear SRRT Members:
    We hope this note finds you well!  We are writing to look for a volunteer to participate as the SRRT representative at the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during ALA's Library Learning Experience (LLX) in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2024 Celebration will be held from 6:30-8:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 21 and is scheduled to take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. More details will be communicated closer to the date regarding arrival logistics and program elements. 

    The Sunrise Celebration is a longstanding ALA tradition, paying tribute to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and is co-sponsored annually by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

    As a participant, you will join members and leaders from across the Association and its Affiliates to read a quote excerpted from Dr. King's speeches during the ceremony, selected for you by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force.  Your quote will be sent to you via email in early January, along with a full copy of the script. The ceremony will also feature a keynote speaker and a call-to-action, details currently being finalized. Please plan to arrive at the room by 6:15 AM for coffee/tea, a possible soundcheck, and final instructions on seating. All participants are asked to arrive early and to follow the script, as there are strict time constraints for this event.

    Please contact us at Charles Kratz at Charles.kratz@scranton.edu or April Sheppard at  banhatenotbooks@gmail.com

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

    Charles and April

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  • 2.  RE: Call for a SRRT Representative at MLK Sunrise Celebration during ALA’s Library Learning Experience (LLX) in Baltimore, MD

    Posted Dec 28, 2023 11:58 AM
    Hi everyone,

    If you are going to Baltimore and have never attended this breakfast, I know 6:15 am is really really early for many of you but it's so worth it! It's an amazing experience and I'm disappointed to not be able to be there this year. For many years, I didn't go to this because of the hour but once I finally did, I've never missed it if I've been attending the conference. So if the early hour holds you back, I encourage you to try it! When I'm there and looking around the room, it helps me remember that despite all the challenges in our work, we are in good company ��
    Julie

    Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, MLIS
    Librarian, writer, teacher, activist
    Author: Libraries and Homelessness: An Action Guide (https://products.abc-clio.com/abc-cliocorporate/product.aspx?pc=A5708P)
    jwinkels@utk.edu

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  • 3.  RE: Call for a SRRT Representative at MLK Sunrise Celebration during ALA’s Library Learning Experience (LLX) in Baltimore, MD

    Posted Dec 31, 2023 02:59 PM
    I'm a complete night owl (like I would rather stay up until 5am then get up at 5am), but I totally agree that the MLK Sunrise Celebration is worth it. I have no regrets about the years I did it.


    April

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  • 4.  RE: Call for a SRRT Representative at MLK Sunrise Celebration during ALA’s Library Learning Experience (LLX) in Baltimore, MD

    Posted Dec 31, 2023 03:58 PM
    I completely agree. It is the most uplifting program at ALA.
    Al