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

Resolution on World Trade Organization Policies Affecting Libraries
The following resolution was approved by the elected representatives of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) on January 17, 2000. 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.
Moved by Al Kagan, SRRT Councilor Seconded by Mark Rosenzweig, Councilor-at-Large
Approved by SRRT Action Council, January 17, 2000
Social Responsibilites Round Table Newsletter, No. 134, June 2000, p.4.
ALA Resolution on World Trade Organization Policies Affecting Libraries
WHEREAS the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and the Canadian Library Association (CLA) have taken similar positions regarding new World Trade Organization (WTO) proposals affecting libraries; and

WHEREAS the national delegates to the November 1999 WHO Ministerial Conference in Seattle were unable to proceed due to large-scale protests by a wide coalition of environmental, labor, religious and civil society organizations; and

WHEREAS the American Library Association (ALA) sent an official representative to observe the WTO meeting; and

WHEREAS the WTO agenda could negatively affect publicly supported libraries as explained in the IFLA and CLA position statements; therefore be it

RESOLVED that SRRT endorses and requests that ALA endorse the IFLA WTO position statement; and be it further

RESOLVED that SRRT requests ALA to work in coalition with other organizations to protect libraries from potential negative effects of the evolving WTO agenda.

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