Category: American Library Association

ALA Annual from 2 points of view

ALA is now offering library vendors their “first round assignments for ALA 2013,” that is, their booth assignments in the exhibit hall. I want to juxtapose ALA’s two summaries of the Annual Conference, one for librarians and the other for vendors: Librarians get: The Annual Conference is the best place to expand your network, build … Read more ALA Annual from 2 points of view

New international trade agreements undermining copyright balance

This is a couple of months old now but has just reached my attention. It is a statement from IFLA, cosigned by some of its member associations, including ALA and ARL, raising alarm about a new multi-lateral trade agreement that establishes new intellectual property rules that bypass essential balancing user rights such as Fair Use. … Read more New international trade agreements undermining copyright balance

20% conference discount on Library Juice Press and Litwin Books

If you’re at the ALA conference in Anaheim this weekend, stop by the Library Juice Press/Litwin Books booth in the exhibits hall to pick up a discount order form, which gives you 20% off on all of our titles. The booth is at the end of the hall, #2769. We have examples of all 34 … Read more 20% conference discount on Library Juice Press and Litwin Books

My problem with Banned Books Week

Some of my colleagues in the Progressive Librarians Guild used to complain that Banned Books Week was an unfortunate distraction from the greater problem of a propagandistic media system. I shared that view and still do, but it is not the objection that I want to explain today. My problem with Banned Books Week is … Read more My problem with Banned Books Week

2011 Amelia Bloomer Project List

From Diedre Conklin: The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2011 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. The bibliography consists of well-written and illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers from birth to 18 years old. This … Read more 2011 Amelia Bloomer Project List

Women in Libraries

Women in Libraries, which for many years was the print publication of the Feminist Task Force of ALA/SRRT, ceased publication a few years ago, but is now back as an online publication. It is part of the larger wiki of the group.

Save the Date: New Orleans, June 2011

Save this date if you’re planning to be in New Orleans next June for the ALA Annual Conference. Saturday, June 25th Library Juice Press, possibly with one or more other groups, will be hosting a party of some kind. What to call it? It will be more lively than a reception or a meet-and-greet, but … Read more Save the Date: New Orleans, June 2011

New SRRT Newsletter

An announcement from SRRT Newsletter Editor Myka Kennedy Stephens: SRRT Newsletter – Issue 171, June 2010 is now available! The permanent link is: http://libr.org/srrt/news/srrt171.html NEW! This is our first issue available in EPUB format: http://libr.org/srrt/news/srrt171.epub This graphics-free edition is readable on a variety of e-book readers (Kindle, Nook, etc.) and mobile devices equipped with e-book … Read more New SRRT Newsletter

Library Juice Press / APC Reception at ALA in Washington DC

For your ALA Annual Conference calendar: Library Juice Press and the Alternative Press Center are going to have a reception and party on Saturday night, June 26th, 7pm. Details: Location: 21M Lounge at the M Street Bar & Grill, 2033 M Street, Washington, DC Time: 7pm ’till close, Saturday, June 26th Refreshments: Cash bar and … Read more Library Juice Press / APC Reception at ALA in Washington DC

What ails SRRT: a diagnosis

The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) was the permanent structure formed out of progressive political organizing in the American Library Association during the revolutionary time of the late 60’s. (For a good history of SRRT’s beginnings, see Toni Samek’s Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in American Librarianship, 1967-1974 (McFarland, 2003). Since then it has served … Read more What ails SRRT: a diagnosis

SRRT Newsletter – Issue 169, December 2009

Just released: SRRT Newsletter – Issue 169, December 2009. This issue has messages from the editor and the SRRT AC Coordinator; articles about Banned Books Week and Operation Teen Book Drop; speeches from the 40th Anniversary Celebration; Task Force News, a proposed change to the Bylaws, and book reviews.

New OIF Director Announced

ALA has announced that they have chosen Barbara M. Jones to be the new head of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, replacing the long-serving Judith Krug, who passed away in April. The ALA Press Release quotes Jones describing the present day context of intellectual freedom in her letter of application: Twenty-first century IF issues are … Read more New OIF Director Announced

Two sets of priorities

This post is a presentation of two lists of priorities – first, priorities of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT), and second, a list of the kind of issue that I think SRRT ought to emphasize instead. The first list is as complete a list as I was able to compile of the subjects of … Read more Two sets of priorities

Library Juice Press and Litwin Books @ALA

Events for your calendar this upcoming ALA Annual in Chicago: Litwin Books and Library Juice Press will be sharing a booth with the Alternative Press Center in the Exhibits Hall. The Exhibits Hall is open from Saturday, July 11 at 9am until Tuesday, July 14 at 2pm. We’ll be at booth 1637. I hope you’ll … Read more Library Juice Press and Litwin Books @ALA