SRRT Resolutions

International Responsibilities Task Force
of the American Library Association's
Social Responsibilities Round Table

Resolution on Collection Development and Library Programming in Times of Conflict

The following resolution was endorsed by the elected representatives of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) on January 19, 2002. SRRT is a body within the American Library Association but does not and should not be taken to speak for the Association as a whole. In this resolution SRRT speaks only on its own behalf.
Submitted by Mark Rosenzweig, Councilor at Large
Seconded by Al Kagan, SRRT Councilor
Endorsed by SRRT Action Council, January 19, 2002
[Also endorsed by Intellectual Freedom Committee]
Defeated in ALA Council, January 2002

Whereas the policies and implications of the "War on Terrorism" require the broadest range of analysis and debate,

Therefore be it resolved that ALA encourages libraries to engage in expanded collection activity representing the full range of views on the roots of the 9/11/01 terrorist actions, the parties involved, the responses by the US and other governments, and the "War on Terrorism" and its domestic and global

And be it further resolved that "alternative" information resources be collected and actively promoted, with due diligence in assessment of sources but without regard to support or opposition to US Government policy,

And be it resolved that libraries are encouraged to provide expanded programming to foster understanding between all ethnic and religious groups, and to counter current practices of ethnic profiling.


See ALA Policies 50.10, 50.11


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