SRRT is a unit within the American Library Association. It 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.
Since 1969, members of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) have worked to make the American Library Association (ALA) more democratic. They have also worked to promote a more progressive agenda. In doing so, SRRT has provided a home within ALA for progressive librarians, library workers, and supporters who agree to promote social responsibility as a core value of librarianship.
We do our work through programming at ALA midwinter meetings and annual conferences. We also strive to make a difference through ALA Council legislation in the form of resolutions. Our Resolution Archive contains the majority of resolutions SRRT Action Council and SRRT membership have written and passed since 1970.
We also publish the SRRT Newsletter, which has been a constant source of alternative viewpoints on libraries and their role in society since 1969. Visit our Newsletter Archive.
All SRRT members are encouraged to volunteer for groups in which they have an interest. Personal members may choose to join groups or form their own for specific purposes, in line with the goals of the Social Responsibilities Round Table. These groups may be Task Forces (usually long-term) or project groups (usually of a very short duration).
If you're interested in being involved in an active task force, please feel free to contact the Task Force chair. You can find out more about current task forces from the SRRT website.