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

Who we are ...

SRRT Newsletter, Issue 141, December 2002, p. 8

The SRRT International Responsibilities Task Force provides a forum for discussion and work on the international dimensions of SRRT issues, including organizational alliances. As globalization proceeds, it is imperative that SRRT understand its mission in the international context, and work with sister organizations in
other countries to address common concerns and problems.

Two kinds of activities are addressed: foreign policy and international relations:

Foreign policy includes bilateral and multilateral relations with governments, corporations, and organizations in various countries. Particular attention is given to current situations where United States policy is likely to have a major impact.

International relations includes alliances and relationships with library and related organizations throughout the world. Issues addressed include foreign policy as well as issues that may be seen as local but similar in many countries.


1. To provide information and advocate socially responsible positions on issues of international concern within SRRT, ALA, and the international library arena through programs, resolutions, and reports.

2. To change ALA policies to reflect socially responsible positions, make such policies known within ALA and internationally, and implement these policies.

3. To promote international human rights, including implementation of Article 19 on freedom of expression, of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

4. To serve as liaison with other progressive library and related organizations worldwide, and promote cooperative endeavors.

The coordinators of the International Responsibilities Task Force would like all SRRT members to know that we have been working on two key areas this last year, Cuba and Israel/Palestine, the latter quickly becoming a matter of some controversy
when it was forwarded from SRRT to Membership and then, in collaboration with the International Relations Committee (IRC) of ALA, taken to Council in the form of an IRC resolution.

We invite all of you to visit our web site for further information. This site, established and maintained by task force member Tom Twiss, has all the documentation of these present issues and our efforts around them, as well as historical documentation of all international responsibilities issues . It is a very rich site, constituting a veritable archive of documentation of international issues
SRRT has entertained and of resources for further study.

Mark Rosenzweig, Coordinator


Elaine Harger, Coordinator

International Responsibilities Task Force Website:
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