|| International Responsibilities Task Force
of the American Library Association's
Social Responsibilities Round Table
- Resolution on World Trade Organization Policies Affecting
- The following resolution was approved by the elected representatives
of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) on January 17, 2000.
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.
- Moved by Al Kagan, SRRT Councilor Seconded by Mark Rosenzweig, Councilor-at-Large
Approved by SRRT Action Council, January 17, 2000
- Social Responsibilites
Round Table Newsletter, No. 134, June 2000, p.4.
- ALA Resolution on World Trade Organization
Policies Affecting Libraries
- WHEREAS the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)
and the Canadian Library Association (CLA) have taken similar positions
regarding new World Trade Organization (WTO) proposals affecting libraries;
WHEREAS the national delegates to the November 1999 WHO Ministerial Conference
in Seattle were unable to proceed due to large-scale protests by a wide
coalition of environmental, labor, religious and civil society organizations;
WHEREAS the American Library Association (ALA) sent an official representative
to observe the WTO meeting; and
WHEREAS the WTO agenda could negatively affect publicly supported libraries
as explained in the IFLA and CLA position statements; therefore be it
RESOLVED that SRRT endorses and requests that ALA endorse the IFLA WTO
position statement; and be it further
RESOLVED that SRRT requests ALA to work in coalition with other organizations
to protect libraries from potential negative effects of the evolving WTO
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