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.  The Plot Against America

    Posted May 18, 2023 01:54 PM

    Washington post

    "Librarians could face years of imprisonment and tens of thousands in fines for providing sexually explicit, obscene or 'harmful' books to children under new state laws that permit criminal prosecution of school and library personnel," Hannah Natanson reports.

    • "At least seven states have passed such laws in the last two years, according to a Washington Post analysis, six of them in the past two months - although governors of Idaho and North Dakota vetoed the legislation. Another dozen states considered more than 20 similar bills this year, half of which are likely to come up again in 2024, The Post found."

    Michael Gorman
    Chicago, Illinois

  • 2.  RE: The Plot Against America

    Posted May 19, 2023 10:25 AM

    My state has passed anti-library legislation. Morale is really low and several people have already left. But, there are also several people who are banding together to fight back and we've had great community and parent support.




  • 3.  RE: The Plot Against America

    Posted May 19, 2023 10:53 AM

    Here's an article at NBC about people, including parents, fighting back against the debacle going on in Florida. I'm hoping with the publishers involved that the money will be there  to fight back legally. Even before I became a librarian this stuff tanned my hide.

    Carolyn Nickerson-Harper
    Assistant Director
    Carlsbad Public Library
    Carlsbad, NM