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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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  • 1.  Researching NYPL's Labor History

    Posted Jun 11, 2023 07:38 PM

    Browsing The New York Public Library's research catalog during a shift at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, we came across a tantalizing entry for a publication called The Class Mark.... READ MORE HERE:

    Union Library Workers: Struggle in the Stacks! Researching NYPL's Labor History

    Kathleen de la Peña McCook
    Distinguished University Professor
    School of Information
    University of South Florida

  • 2.  RE: Researching NYPL's Labor History

    Posted Jun 13, 2023 03:24 PM

    That is very interesting! Thank you for sharing.


    On a different vein, it made me think about the past, before OPACs.  I remember the summer before college, I needed extra hours (money) and I got stuck pulling and filing cards into the card catalog at the PLCHC main library, pulling the rod, finding the spot, dropping the card, pulling the old one out, and sliding the rod back in. I think I also did that at the Avondale Branch where I was a student assistant in grades 11 and 12. My 16-year-old daughter will never have such an experience and around here they don't even hire teens to work in the library. I feel old...


    Katherine Moser Kelly (she, her)

    Largo Public Library - Community Services Librarian

    120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL 33771




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  • 3.  RE: Researching NYPL's Labor History

    Posted Jun 14, 2023 06:44 AM
    I remember as a young librarian having to file above the rod, then having a senior librarian check my filing and majestically pull the rod and let my filing merge into the drawer. Good times!


    Distinguished University Professor of Librarianship
    School of Information, University of South Florida

  • 4.  RE: Researching NYPL's Labor History

    Posted Jun 14, 2023 08:25 PM
    When I was a young library assistant in a small London branch library, two little hooligans took two rods out of the card catalogues and were found "fencing" with them near the library entrance.  Michael

  • 5.  RE: Researching NYPL's Labor History

    Posted Jun 14, 2023 08:36 PM
    So, this is your origin story?

  • 6.  RE: Researching NYPL's Labor History

    Posted Jun 15, 2023 07:30 AM
    It was one moment when I realised how exciting catalogues and cataloguing can be!  All the best, Michael

    Michael Gorman
    525 W. Superior, #225
    Chicago, Illinois 60654