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.
A colleague told me about this event featuring Emily Drabinski and Tressi McMillan Cottom. I don't know if this event was publicized somewhere on the ALA website or in Connect. If so, then duplication won't hurt.
Across the country, book bans are barring access to the robust exchange of ideas in the classroom, library holdings, knowledge about our collective history, and the lessons of our complex American Story. Teachers, professors, and librarians face increasing restrictions, and our society faces diminishing opportunities to be fully informed, functional, and mutually respectful. What are the fears driving these bans? What vibrant knowledge and broader freedoms do we all stand to lose? Join Mellon Foundation President Dr. Elizabeth Alexander for a conversation about the power of unfettered reading, and how we might mitigate efforts to undermine it throughout the United States. For the conversation, Dr. Alexander connects with Emily Drabinski, president of the American Library Association and associate professor, Queens College and Tressie McMillan Cottom, professor, UNC Chapel Hill and columnist, New York Times.
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