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

Resolution on the Libraries of the Gaza Strip/ West Bank

The following resolution was endorsed by the elected representatives of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) in June 1998. 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.

Endorsed by the ALA International Relations Committee June 30, 1998
[Also endorsed by ACRL IRC and ACRL AAMES]


Whereas, Public, school, academic and other libraries in the Gaza Strip/West Bank are in very poor condition; and

Whereas, The Gaza Strip/West Bank has no agency responsible for research, library development, or the preservation of library materials; and

Whereas, Scholars, students, teachers, and the residents of the Gaza Strip/West Bank have little or no access to any recent library materials; and

Whereas, There are few trained library professionals and other support staff to provide adequate library service; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the American Library Association and its International Relations Committee offer assistance to the libraries and librarians of the Gaza Strip/West Bank in terms of resources, advice, expertise, and consultation as needed to assist in establishing good library services in the area, and that ALA cooperate with initiatives from other countries in the region to develop both short-term and long-range plans for library development in the Gaza Strip/West Bank.


ALA Policy 58.1 International Relations Policy Objectives

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