Resolution on the Spectrum Initiative

Adopted at 1999 Annual Conference

WHEREAS the Spectrum Initiative is crucial for the broader and more effective development of our profession; and

WHEREAS the photograph on the new Spectrum Initiative brochure cover omits representations of large ethnic groups that have been victims of discrimination; and

WHEREAS the brochure refers peculiarly to people of “every hue” focusing on genetic attributes rather than culture; and

WHEREAS the brochure avoids the question of the need to fight racism and institutionalized discrimination; therefore be it

RESOLVED that the SRRT Action Council of the American Library Association urges removal of this brochure and substituting a positive and appropriate alternative.

SRRT Newsletter Issue 133, p. 3