SRRT Newsletter

Contents

Letter from the Editor
SRRT Coordinator's Column
ALA Midwinter Meeting 2015 Schedule
Feminist Task Force News
Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force News
International Responsibilities Task Force News
Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force News
Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) News
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) News
ALA Task Force for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (TFEDI) News
Book Review: Peace: The Biography of a Symbol
Call for Reviews Editor and Editorial Board Members
Call for Submissions
Publication Information

Letter from the Editor

by Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow

Melissa Cardenas-Dow

Greetings SRRT Newsletter readers! The fall and winter seasons are upon us. Soon, we will be ushering the 2015 New Year. With the new year comes the annual ALA Midwinter Meeting in late January and the ALA Annual Conference at the end of June.

The 2015 ALA Midwinter conference is scheduled for January 30 to February 3, 2015 and will be held in Chicago, IL. SRRT has a number of committee and task force sessions scheduled for Midwinter 2015.

This issue lists the places and times for SRRT committee and task force meetings for ALA Midwinter 2015. It also has a number of announcements, calls to action, and accounts of decisions made and upcoming plans for ALA Annual 2015.

I hope this issue of the SRRT Newsletter proves helpful, informative, and useful to you, dear readers.

All the best,
Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow
SRRT Newsletter Editor

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SRRT Coordinator's Column

by Nikki Winslow, SRRT Coordinator, Branch Manager - Spring Valley Library

Nikki Winslow

Due to the results of the mid-term elections this November, I was inspired to write about the importance of voting and getting the word out to vote to people in our communities. In Clark County, Nevada where I live, only 41% of registered voters actually voted in the election, which is higher than the national rate of only 36% of registered voters participating. Of those, 75% of the voters were white and 22% more of these white voters cast their ballots for Republican candidates. To see even more staggering statistics, follow this link: WashingtonPost.com: The 7 Most Fascinating Numbers in the 2014 National Exit Poll.

Many say this huge shift to Republican candidates is in opposition to the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare,” and voters sending a message about their displeasure. It seems from polling and election results, Americans are saying they want less government control of services that could be managed and controlled by business enterprises. In my opinion, private businesses have been running our healthcare and pharmaceutical companies in America and they are the reason why the cost of care and prescription drugs has become astronomical. This law may need some changes but it also needs some time to allow it to work as it was intended. Perception of this law has been so negatively spun that it is not surprising the public doesn’t understand the good it is doing. I personally know at least three people that could not afford insurance or health care before the ACA went into effect and can now go see a doctor if they are hurt or sick rather than suffer through conditions or illnesses.

Personally, I am so disappointed with the 64% of voters that did not go out and have a voice on November 4th. So many people are struggling to make ends meet, have access to affordable health care, get their children a good education and so many other things that I can’t believe they are not going to the polls to utilize their right to vote.

In conclusion, it is more important than ever that those of us who are socially conscious and responsible need to spread the word that voting is an essential part of being an American citizen. Encourage your family, friends, patrons, pets (just kidding- even though I know who my dogs would be voting for!), and anyone within earshot that the future of the country falls on our shoulders. I’ve heard the expression “but it’s only one vote” many times, but if you add up those one votes from the 64% of the voters that didn’t express their voices, that would have been a majority. Thanks for allowing me this time on my soapbox!

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ALA Midwinter Meeting 2015 Schedule

ALA Midwinter Meeting 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Amelia Bloomer Project Committee Meeting I (SRRT-FTF)
Closed meeting -- exclusive to group members
1/30/15, 12:00-4:00 pm
Fairmont, Chicago -- Embassy Room

All Task Force Meeting
1/30/15, 7:30-9:00 pm
Hilton, Chicago -- Boulevard A

Feminist Task Force Meeting I (SRRT)
1/30/15, 7:30-9:00 pm
Hilton, Chicago -- Boulevard A

Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force Meeting (SRRT)
1/30/15, 7:30-9:00 pm
Hilton, Chicago -- Boulevard A

International Responsibilities Task Force Meeting (SRRT)
1/30/15, 7:30-9:00 pm
Hilton, Chicago -- Boulevard A

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force Meeting (SRRT)
1/30/15, 7:30-9:00 pm
Hilton, Chicago -- Boulevard A

Rainbow Project Book List Committee
1/30/15, 7:30-9:00 pm
Hilton, Chicago -- Boulevard A


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Action Council I Meeting (SRRT)
1/31/15, 8:30-11:30 am
McCormick Place West W195

Amelia Bloomer Project Committee Meeting II (SRRT-FTF)
1/31/15, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fairmont, Chicago -- Embassy Room

Rainbow Project Committee I (GLBTRT/SRRT)
1/31/15, 1:00-5:00 pm
Hilton, Chicago -- Room 4I


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Rainbow Project Committee II (GLBTRT/SRRT)
2/1/15, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Hilton, Chicago -- Room 4I

Amelia Bloomer Project Committee Meeting III (SRRT-FTF)
2/1/15, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fairmont, Chicago -- Embassy Room

Action Council II Meeting (SRRT)
2/1/15, 3:00-4:00 pm
McCormick Place West W186c

Progressive Librarians Guild (SRRT-AFL)
2/1/15, 4:30-5:30 pm
MCormick Place West W186c

Feminist Task Force II Meeting (SRRT)
2/1/15, 6:00-7:30 pm
Hilton, Chicago -- Boulevard A


Monday, February 2, 2015

Amelia Bloomer Project Committee Meeting IV (SRRT-FTF)
2/2/15, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fairmont, Chicago -- Embassy Room


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Feminist Task Force News

by Audrey Robinson-Nkongola, Assistant Professor/Campus Librarian - Western Kentucky University

The FTF meeting times for ALA Midwinter are January 30th 7:30 -9:00 p.m. On Sunday, February 1st, FTF will have a movie night from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The movie will be determined at the meeting on 30th.

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Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force News

Announcement and Call for Participation: We are planning on a book drive for the ALA Annual Conference 2015 in San Francisco. We seek volunteers and partners. Interested? Please contact Lisa Gieskes at lisagieskes [at] yahoo.com.

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International Responsibilities Task Force News

Greenwald to Speak at the ALA Annual San Francisco Conference

The International Responsibilities Task Force is very pleased to announce that the internationally known journalist, lawyer, and author Glenn Greenwald will be the speaker for our program at the Annual ALA conference in San Francisco in June 2015. Greenwald will be participating in our program via Skype. Of course, he is best known for his series of articles in The Guardian newspaper describing the massive surveillance program of the U.S. National Security Agency disclosed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden. Greenwald has received numerous awards for his journalism and his most recent book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (Metropolitan Books, 2014). Currently, he serves as editor, along with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Skahill, of the online publication The Intercept. Future issues of the SRRT Newsletter will provide additional details about this program.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force News

by LaJuan Pringle, Library Manager -- Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Task Force will co-host the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Sunrise Celebration, with BCALA and Beacon Press, during the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The event will take place on Monday, February 2, 6:30a-7:30a, at McCormick Place West, Room W181.

Internationally renowned intellectual Dr. Cornel West will keynote the event. Dr. West is the recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees, and author of many important books including Race Matters and Democracy Matters. His latest offering, Black Prophetic Fire, was published in October 2014. The book examines six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells. Dr. West has appeared on various news shows to include Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, and Democracy Now. Dr. West’s participation is sponsored by Beacon Press. As is Sunrise Celebration tradition, this event will bring together leaders from across the Association, including 2014-15 ALA President Courtney Young and ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. This year’s theme is Trumpet of Conscience. Excerpts from Dr. King Jr.’s book of the same name will be featured during the celebration.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Task Force will meet during the 2015 Midwinter Meeting on Friday, January 30, 7:30p-9p, at the Hilton Chicago, Boulevard A. The agenda includes a discussion of program ideas for the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco as well as ideas for the task force’s participation in the 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair. We will also discuss program ideas for the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando. If you have any ideas/suggestions, please feel free to contact me at lpringle [at] cmlibrary.org.

Best,
LaJuan Pringle
Coordinator, SRRT, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Task Force

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Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) News

Submitted by Sarah Espinosa
EMIERT Membership Committee Chair
Residency Librarian for Diversity and Innovation -- Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University

This report is an addition to the SRRT Newsletter that I had inadvertently left out of issue #188. Because of some of the report’s timely calls for participation, it was sent separately through email in October 2014. This report is republished in the SRRT Newsletter issue #189 in order to ensure its inclusion to the SRRT Newsletter record. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. ~ Newsletter Editor, Melissa Cardenas-Dow, December 2014

“I am grateful that EMIERT has put me on the Electronic Communications Committee. This encourages me to seek further information online to share with others. It gives me a greater focus on matters of various ethnic backgrounds as they relate to librarianship.” - Member Anna Francesca Garcia, from the My EMIERT Story Project.

The Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) serves as a source of information on recommended ethnic and multicultural collections, services and programs. It develops annual conference forums and symposia programs that deal with the key issues of ethnicity and librarianship and organizes task forces, institutes and workshops to develop resources and foster conversation.

EMIERT began as a task force within the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and became a round table in 1983. EMIERT supports the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, which celebrates outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. EMIERT also sponsors the EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award and the David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award, which encourage and recognize multiculturalism in libraries and the library profession.

EMIERT resources provide guidance for ethnic and multicultural collections, services, and programs as well as forums for discussion and education. Resources include definition of the multicultural library, bibliographies, bilingual dictionaries for librarians and publishers or reviews for Multicultural Literature.

Our social media platforms encourage the professional community to participate in developing ethnic and multicultural awareness and have lately focused on topics including diversity in children's books and library programs that celebrate diverse cultures. Current task forces focus on increasing the scope of these resources and forums.

If you are interested in contributing to any of our current projects, listed below, please consider signing up using our volunteer form.

  • Resources for English Language Learners;
  • Directory of Ethnic Archives;
  • Directory of Libraries Serving Multicultural Populations;
  • Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations;
  • Membership and Electronic Communications (social media) Committees

Or contribute to the information exchange about diversity by joining @ALA_EMIERT on Twitter and the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) on Facebook.

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) News

Submitted by Ann K. Symons, GLBTRT Chair

The Stonewall Book Awards will be selected and announced at ALA Midwinter in Chicago. The Stonewall Book Awards were first started in 1971 and today include the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award, the Barbara Gittings Literature Award and the Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children and Young Adult Literature Award.

The Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award and the Barbara Gittings Literature Award winners and honorees will be announced at the GLBTRT Social, Sunday, February 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Columbia College Chicago, Library, 624 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL. More information will be available on ALA’s conference website.

The Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children and Young Adult Literature Award and honor books will be announced at the Youth Media Awards Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the Convention Center, McCormick Place.


This report is an addition to the SRRT Newsletter that I had inadvertently left out of issue #188. Because of some of the report’s timely calls for participation, it was sent separately through email in October 2014. This report is republished in the SRRT Newsletter issue #189 in order to ensure its inclusion to the SRRT Newsletter record. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. ~ Newsletter Editor, Melissa Cardenas-Dow, December 2014

Submitted by Ann K. Symons, GLBTRT Chair

GLBTRT Members, ALA Annual 2014

Image caption: GLBTRT Members at ALA Annual 2014, L-R, Robert R. Newlen, Larry Romans, Ann Symons.

The American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) turns 45 years old this year. It wasn’t always called GLBTRT. Rather, it started as the Social Responsibility Round Table Task Force on Gay Liberation. This was a first for any professional organization: ALA was the trendsetter in welcoming gay and lesbian members.

The Task Force on Gay Liberation campaigned to have books about the gay liberation movement at the Library of Congress reclassified from: “Abnormal Sexual Relations, Including Sexual Crimes” to the new subject heading: “Homosexuality, Lesbianism—Gay Liberation Movement, Homophile Movement.” By 1972, the Task Force was successful in its reclassification efforts. In 1971, the Task Force gave the first the Stonewall Book Award. The awards endure to this day and now include endowed funds and the Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award.

Years have passed, times have changed, many of our members are married, and now the GLBTRT campaigns for inclusion of quality GLBT materials and visible programs and services in all types of libraries. Our “socials” are out of the closet, publicly announced and well-attended. The Round Table’s membership represents GLBT librarians from all types of libraries as well as allies in its leadership, committee structure and membership. We owe SRRT a debt of gratitude for their role in our history. We share issues, members, concerns, and we share a committee that was once as task force: The Rainbow Project. The Rainbow Project was created in 2007 as a grassroots effort to provide young people with books that reflect GLBTQ individuals, groups, and experiences.

We are planning a robust year which includes:

  • Sponsoring an Emerging Leader for the first time;
  • Splitting the Stonewall Books Awards Committee into two subcommittees: one for adult books and one for youth books;
  • Marching in the Pride Parade in San Francisco during ALA’s Annual Conference. Details to follow but all, including friends and family, will be welcome to participate;
  • A pre-conference at ALA Annual focusing on GLBT inclusion in libraries;
  • Two socials;
  • Election of new officers;
  • A membership campaign targeted to allies, students and anybody who supports our issues;
  • Celebrating 45 years of GLBT presence in ALA;
  • An advocacy campaign to be rolled out in the spring 2015, and;
  • A GLBT Pavilion on the exhibit floor of ALA Annual in San Francisco.

Please join us in our membership, our activities and on our committees.

And a PS – have you ever wanted to be on the Stonewall Books Awards Committee, Over the Rainbow Committee or the Rainbow Project? Volunteer now if you are a member of GLBTRT. SRRT Members, please express your interest in the Rainbow Project Committee to Nicole Winslow, Coordinator of SRRT Action Council.

Call for Volunteers ONLY for Stonewall Book Awards Committee, Rainbow Project Committee and Over the Rainbow Committee.

Please read this entire message and the information on the Committee Volunteer Form before signing up to be considered for one of these three committees.

Appointments for Stonewall Book Awards Committee, Rainbow Project Committee and Over the Rainbow Committee will be made this fall. The time to volunteer is now through October 15th.

front cover of Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujilio

Image Caption: From the 2014 Stonewall Book Awards Brunch: e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, author of Fat Angie, and Peter Coyl, Chair, Stonewall Book Awards Committee

For more information about the committees, please visit the committee pages:

If you have general questions, please put them on the GLBTRT-list and we will answer to the list.

If you have specific questions you would like to have addressed, please e-mail Peter Coyl, GLBTRT Chair-elect, peterdcoyl [at] gmail.com or Ann K. Symons, GLBTRT Chair, ann.symons [at] gmail.com.

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ALA Task Force for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (TFEDI) News

by LaJuan Pringle, Library Manager -- Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

The Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (TFEDI) has been charged to develop a strategic plan to build more equity, diversity, and inclusion among ALA membership, the field of librarianship, and our communities. The Task Force was formed earlier in 2014, when serious concerns were raised about the scheduling of ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando. The state of Florida, in particular, is home to a seriously flawed “Stand Your Ground” law. The law rose to notoriety in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death. The concerns brought up by membership yielded some even tougher questions about ALA’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Ultimately, one of the many goals of the task force is to use the Orlando venue to spark a dialogue for conversation regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion. This task force will also develop programs and other opportunities to engage membership.

While meeting TFEDI’s charge will be no easy challenge, the members of the task force have fully embraced it, as it is understood that successfully meeting these challenges will broadly impact how ALA meets the needs of its diverse membership. ALA’s diversity is reflected in the membership of TFEDI, as various subgroups within ALA are represented to provide crucial perspectives. Representation includes:

  • ALA Chapter Relations Committee
  • ALA Committee on Diversity and Diversity Council
  • ALA Council
  • ALA Executive Board
  • American Indian Library Association (AILA)
  • Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
  • Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and Accessibility Assembly
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
  • Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)
  • REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking)
  • Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT)

The TFEDI has already taken steps to create awareness regarding its charge. The task force has crafted definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion that will serve as the basis for any future projects and/or initiatives related to its ultimate goal. The definitions are outlined below:

Equity

Equity is not the same as formal equality. Formal equality implies sameness. Equity, on the other hand, assumes difference and takes difference into account to ensure a fair process and, ultimately, a fair (or equitable) outcome. Equity recognizes that some groups were (and are) disadvantaged in accessing educational and employment opportunities and are, therefore, underrepresented or marginalized in many organizations and institutions. The effects of that exclusion often linger systemically within organizational policies, practices and procedures. Equity, therefore, means increasing diversity by ameliorating conditions of disadvantaged groups.

(Adapted from University of British Columbia)

The Task Force believes that everyone deserves equitable rights and opportunities. Our goal is to create a just and equitable Association, profession, and society where everyone has access to social power, resources, and physical and psychological safety.

(Adapted from ALA Office for Diversity “Strategic Planning for Diversity”, and National Association of Social Workers)

Diversity

Diversity can be defined as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different. Visible diversity is generally those things we cannot change and are external. However, diversity goes beyond this to what we call ‘invisible’ diversity. Invisible diversity includes those attributes that are not readily seen. So, when we recognize, value, and embrace diversity, we are recognizing, valuing, and embracing the uniqueness of each individual.

The Task Force has chosen to define “diversity” in all its complexity in order to recognize and honor the uniqueness of each ALA member, all members of our profession, and our very diverse communities. The Task Force also agrees with the National Education Association that, “While diversity itself is not a value-laden term, the way that people react to diversity is driven by values, attitudes, beliefs, and so on. Full acceptance of diversity is a major principle of social justice.”

(Adapted from National Education Association)

Inclusion

Inclusion means an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; are valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; have equal access to resources and opportunities; and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.

(Adapted from Society for Human Resources Management and Hewlett Packard)

The Task Force believes that, to be inclusive, our association, profession, and society must recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every member of the community; involve and empower all members to participate and contribute; promote and sustain a sense of belonging; and value and practice respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of all members.

(Adapted from Ferris State University)

See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/229669#sthash.OFEDb4HS.dpuf

You may ask, what does SRRT membership need to do to move this work forward? TFEDI asks that SRRT members be fully fledged participants in the activities of the task force that will be shared with the entire membership of ALA. These activities include:

  • Issuing several short surveys over the next couple of years to gauge the attitudes of ALA members with regards to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Hosting a number of information sessions and programs during ALA Annual and Midwinter Conferences designed to foster a climate of equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as promote any ongoing initiatives that are already taking place within the Association.
  • Evaluating the processes that guide ALA in its mission and goals and offering ALA members the opportunity to provide feedback on these processes. For example, the task force has received a lot of questions regarding site selection for conferences. An ALA Connect post highlighting the site selection process has been shared with ALA membership for review and discussion.

Ultimately, the task force will submit a final report based on analysis of actions and outcomes, with recommendations for ensuring that a continuing focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion is embedded throughout the ALA organization. SRRT’s participation in this process will be crucial in shaping the outcomes of the task force. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to share with TFEDI, please feel free to contact me at lpringle [at] cmlibrary.org.

Thank you for your efforts in this initiative. I’m humbled to serve on this task force on behalf of SRRT.

Best,
LaJuan Pringle
SRRT, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Task Force
SRRT Representative, Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Book Review: Peace: The Biography of a Symbol

Kolsbun, K. and Michael S. Sweeney. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. ISBN: 9781426202940. $25.00. http://www.peacesymbol.com

Reviewed by Frederick W. Stoss, Associate Librarian, SUNY University at Buffalo

Peace: The Biography of a Symbol

For those of us coming of age in the 1950s through the 1970s, our lives were dominated by episodes of violence, war, conflict, civil rights, The Cold War, hostility, and the abiding hope that from the various piles of rubble would emerge the concepts of peace and justice. That hope was witnessed by a generation willing to embrace new challenges as readily as it challenged old norms and conformities.

More important was the fact that a movement calling for peace emerged as a major challenge to the status quo of the early times of that era. The peace symbol—the circle with a stick-figure jet plane flying through it—was introduced to the world as the symbol for the British nuclear disarmament movement (based on the positions of the semaphore code’s flag positions for the letters “N” and “D” by it designer, Gerald Holtom). It is perhaps ironic that the American Peace Movement of the second half of the 20th century was birthed in the very late 1940s and early 1950s by the growth of the anti-nuclear and nuclear-disarmament groups in Japan and the United Kingdom. Nobel Laureate (Chemistry, 1954), Linus Pauling, would help bring those sentiments to the United States and be honored with his second Nobel Prize, the Peace Prize in 1962. The result was an internationally recognized icon for an ideal form of activism with deep roots in the writings and actions of Thoreau and Gandhi.

Ken Kolsbun is a photographer (see his companion website to this book) and he provides a visual encyclopedia of photographs from the ages of the 1950s through the first decade of the 21st Century. The book is a timeline of the peace movement across the world with a readable text provided by award-winning author Michael S. Sweeney, Professor of Journalism at Utah State University. They provide the reader with two detailed and eloquent essays on Peace: one through the lens of a camera, the other in the written word.

Professionally, I would recommend this book for public and secondary school libraries, as well as the college or university library that is looking to add a cogent work filled with a more informal and poignant look at a part of American history that unfolded on college campuses across the world, vividly captured by the print and broadcast media well before the digital age poured its contents on the public discourse of the topics of the day, hour, minute…. However, on a personal level, this book represents a deep and thorough analysis of a movement that marked those of us labeled as Baby Boomers, and would be a fitting gift for our own children and grandchildren. It offers an explanation worth telling about the things that made us tick, why some stopped ticking, and, for others, why we cannot stop. It would be an interesting epilogue to see what these two authors would provide in the post-9/11 Era.

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Call for Reviews Editor and Editorial Board Members

Are you looking for a way to be more involved in the Social Responsibilities Round Table? Are you passionate about books, media and their role in social responsibility? Do you have excellent writing and editing skills? Are you good at meeting deadlines and encouraging others to meet them as well? If so, the SRRT Newsletter Reviews Editor might be just the volunteer position you’re looking for!

The SRRT Reviews Editor must be a member of SRRT and will serve as a member of the SRRT Editorial Board. The duties of the SRRT Reviews Editor are to solicit, receive and edit reviews of materials, which will be submitted for publication on the SRRT Newsletter.

We are also looking for current SRRT members who are interested in serving on the Editorial Board. We are in need of one member who can serve on the Editorial Board as soon as possible, another member who can serve after December 2014, and another member who can serve after ALA Midwinter 2015.

In sum, SRRT Newsletter needs to fill the following volunteer positions filled:

  • Reviews Editor
  • Editorial Board member -- currently open
  • Editorial Board member -- effective January 1, 2015
  • Editorial Board member -- effective February 4, 2015

Editorial Board memberships and the Reviews Editor position are determined by the SRRT Action Council.

If you are interested in becoming the next SRRT Reviews Editor or members of the SRRT Editorial Board, please send a copy of your resume/CV, a brief letter of inquiry outlining your qualifications and interest in the position, and a writing sample and/or examples of previous work to Melissa Cardenas-Dow, SRRT Newsletter Editor and SRRT Editorial Board member, at micd.srrt.newsletter [at] gmail.com.

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Call for Submissions

The SRRT newsletter is always looking for good articles, essays and letters to the editor. The next submission deadline is March 6, 2015.

Submissions to the SRRT Newsletter may be made by any current SRRT Member or SRRT affiliate. Please send your submissions electronically in one of the following formats: MS Word, RTF, PDF, or plain text pasted into the body of an e-mail. Submissions should be 500 to 1,000 words. Graphics are encouraged. If using images that are already on the Internet, the URL of the image and a caption or description may be added to the text of the submission.

Please send original submissions and inquiries to SRRT Newsletter Editor Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow at micd.srrt.newsletter [at] gmail.com, indicating "SRRT Newsletter" within the subject line of your e-mail. A confirmation of receipt will be sent in a timely manner.

Submissions for book or media reviews should be sent to the Reviews Editor at micd.srrt.newsletter [at] gmail.com, indicating “Reviews” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Submissions should be sent electronically in MS-Word format or a Word compatible format. Reviewers should keep their reviews to 300-500 words; any length much shorter or longer should be discussed with the reviews editor prior to submission. Reviewers should avoid conflicts of interest. Full disclosure should be made to the reviews editor when appropriate.

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Publication Information

SRRT Newsletter is published quarterly by the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. ISSN: 0749-1670. Copyright © 2014 by the Social Responsibilities Round Table. No part of this periodical may be reproduced without permission.

Editor: Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow, micd.srrt.newsletter [at] gmail.com.

Editorial Board Members: Gerardo Colmenar, Heather Edmonds, Erik Sean Estep, Rebecca Martin, and Julie Winkelstein.

Views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of ALA/SRRT. The editors reserve the right to edit submitted material as necessary or as whimsy strikes.

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