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.
After recharging my introvert batteries after conference and spending the weekend protesting, I thought I'd introduce myself. My name is April Sheppard and I am SRRT's 2022-2023 Coordinator. I am an Assistant Library Director at Arkansas State University in Northeast Arkansas. My social justice interests include diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, intellectual freedom, LGBTQ+, critical race theory, homelessness, and environment/sustainability. My non-SRRT interests include music, particularly heavy metal, horror movies, and apparently adopting and fostering animals (although, I think it's more like they adopt me).
I look forward to serving as Coordinator this upcoming year. My contact information is below. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding SRRT or any social justice or library issue, I'm always an email away.
April Sheppard SRRT Coordinator
SRRT & RRT Web Committee
Dean B. Ellis Library | Assistant Library Director
P.O. Box 2040 | State University, AR 72467
Phone 870.972.2766 | email@example.com
Please know that I honor and respect boundaries around personal time, well-being, caretaking, and time off. My work hours may be different than yours. Should you receive emails from me during a time that you're engaging in any of the above, please protect your time and wait to respond until you're working.
I am your ALA Executive Board Liaison. I am particularly excited to serve as your liaison because I understand the importance of the work SRRT does for ALA. I have been a member of SRRT for many many years.
As your liaison, I will:
Please do not hesitate contacting me – if I don't have the answers, I know where to find them.
Finally, I would like to ask that all members of SRRT consider joining the Unite Against Book Bans. https://uniteagainstbookbans.org/ Please take a look at the website, for those facing challenges, there is an excellent tool kit and talking points.
Looking forward to a productive year.
Thank you, Sara! I look forward to working with you.
I have already joined the Unite Against Book Bans campaign and agree it's something every SRRT member should support.
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