SRRT Coordinator's Column - December 2019

by Charles Kratz, SRRT Coordinator & Dean, The University of Scranton Weinberg Library, Scranton, Pennsylvania


Hello everyone,

1. We look forward to see you at the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The ALA Midwinter online schedule is now available. We hope to see many of you at the SRRT events and meetings. All of our meetings are open. In the SRRT Action Council meetings, elected action council members will be considering a number of things including ALA Council resolutions. Anyone in attendance can provide input, ask questions, make comments, and participate in these meetings. I will be sharing a draft SRRT Action Council agenda in mid-January 2020 before the meeting.

Friday, January 24, 2020

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Amelia Bloomer Project Committee Meeting I (SRRT-FTF)
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Room 305

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Social Responsibilities Round Table All Task Force Meeting (SRRT)
*Feminist Task Force Meeting (SRRT)
*Hunger, Homeless, & Poverty Task Force Meeting (SRRT)
*International Responsibilities Task Force Meeting (SRRT)
*Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force Meeting (SRRT)
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Liberty A

Saturday, January 25, 2020

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Action Council I Meeting (SRRT)
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 110-B

8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Amelia Bloomer Project Committee Meeting II (SRRT-FTF)
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Room 305

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Libraries in Gaza: Between Despair and Hope (SRRT-IRTF)
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 113-C

Sunday, January 26, 2020

8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Amelia Bloomer Project Committee Meeting III (SRRT-FTF)
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Room 310

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Action Council Meeting II (SRRT)
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 106-A

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 106-A

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Progressive Librarians Guild Dinner
Location: Off Site

Monday, January 27, 2020

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Terrace II Ballroom

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Amelia Bloomer Project Committee Meeting IV (SRRT-FTF)
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Room 310


2.  If you are attending Midwinter and you would like to learn more about or become more involved with any of the task forces, please attend the SRRT all task force meeting on Friday, January 24th from 7:30-9pm. The meeting will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Liberty A.


3. Welcome to the 2020 ALA Emerging ALA Leader Kayla Kuni who is being sponsored by SRRT this year. The sponsorship consists of a $1000 award towards attendance at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. As SRRT's Emerging Leader, Kayla will attend ALA Midwinter to participate in a day-long leadership session with additional online training that will continue for six months. At the ALA 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, Kayla and her team will present a poster session showcasing the results of their project.

Kayla Kuni is a librarian at Pasco-Hernando State College where she teaches Modularized Developmental Reading and Writing and helps future business owners discover resources to grow their small businesses. She was named the 2017 Outstanding Public Servant by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce for her work within the community. Kayla received her MLIS from the University of South Florida and is currently pursuing a MBA.

Kayla is SRRT’s second sponsored Emerging Leader. The round table sponsored Nicola Andrews in 2019.


4. As of October 2019, SRRT has increased membership by 1.78% compared to last year. Included are other roundtables which saw an increase in October.

Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) 1891, +1.78%
Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) 1783, +0.06%
Sustainability Round Table (SUSTRT) 1170, +19.27%

ALA has 57,038, -2.67%


5.  If you would like to become more involved in SRRT and/or its task forces, please let us know so we can direct you to a task force representative. The SRRT Task Forces are Feminist Task Force (FTF); Hunger, Homelessness, & Poverty Task Force (HHPTF); International Responsibilities Task Force (IRTF); and Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Task Force (MLKTF). Please click on the volunteer form to use to serve on ALA, Divisions and Round Tables committees/task forces. This includes volunteer opportunities to serve on SRRT Action Council and the SRRT Task Forces.


Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.


Charles Kratz

SRRT Action Council Coordinator

& Dean Emeritus

Weinberg Memorial Library

The University of Scranton

Scranton, PA18510