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

ALA Midwinter
January 2006
LaJuan Pringle

At the ALA Midwinter meeting, the IRTF finalized program plans for our Annual Conference in New Orleans.  Our program, which we will co-sponsor with PLG, will be entitled “All the News You Never Get: Breaking the International News Blockade.”  The program will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2006 from 10:30-noon.  We are still finalizing plans for speakers, but the short list of speakers suggested include: Lewis Lapham, editor-in-chief of Harper’s; W. Leon Smith, editor-in-chief of The Lone Star Iconoclast; David Brock, a renowned conservative journalist who eventually changed his position and began writing materials that exposed the conservative media; Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica’s Democracy Now and Tom Engelhardt, the editor who runs the Nation’s Institute The speakers will be confirmed by the end of February. 


We also discussed how the task forces will have to supplement their budgets if they want to continue the level of programming that has been done at recent annual conferences.  Now that we no longer have the income from the Coretta Scott King Award breakfast, the task force was charged with finding ways to raise money.  Possible fundraisers include selling buttons, or having some type of food event.  We also discussed the idea of selling postcards that featured libraries from all over the world.  The entire task force agreed that the latter idea would be an excellent fundraiser. 

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