- Letters from the Co-Editors
- SRRT Coordinator's Column
- SRRT Schedule at ALA Annual Conference 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Feminist Task Force News
- Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force News
- International Responsibilities Task Force News
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force News
- Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) News
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) News
- Memorial Reception and Celebration for Herb Biblo
- Essay: Remembering Herb Biblo
- Media Review: Homeless at the End
- Media Review: Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them
- Media Review: Love Is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting
- Zines Review: Black Women & Self Care: Thoughts on Mental Health, Oppression & Healing and Black Women & Self-Defense: Thoughts on Personal Space & Reclaiming Our Streets by Naomi Moyer
- Voice From the Past: From SRRT Newsletter Issue #5: June 1, 1970
- Call for Additional Editorial Board Members
- Call for Submissions
- Publication Information
Letters from the Co-Editors
by Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow and Julie Winkelstein
Greetings SRRT Newsletter readers,
ALA Annual 2018 is here! Listed in this issue are SRRT activities and programs during the conference, as well as those of our friends and affiliates.
Amidst all the professional activities and celebrations we expect from ALA Annual conferences, I urge us to also take stock of those around us, the camaraderie and companionship we enjoy. This issue is dedicated to Herb Biblo. I did not meet or know him personally. But I would be remiss if I do not acknowledge the debt I and many others owe him--and many more who've demonstrated care and vision through the years--for setting the foundations, getting the ball rolling, doing the work necessary to ensure that our profession and our professional organization becomes increasingly responsive and responsible to our communities, locally and throughout the world.
I look forward to meeting many of you, dear readers, at some of the events at ALA Annual 2018.
All the best,
Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow
SRRT Newsletter Co-Editor
I just wanted to add a few words of my own about Herb. I didn't know him well, but I attended many SRRT meetings when both he and Mary were present. I appreciated his calm presence and contributions that got to the heart of the discussions. SRRT is currently working on creating a Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grant that will help fund SRRT members who don't have adequate funds to attend ALA conferences. We hope this fund will play a part in furthering the work of SRRT, as we fight together to create a world that is more just.
SRRT Newsletter Co-Editor
SRRT Coordinator's Column
by Kenny Garcia, SRRT Coordinator, Research & Instruction Librarian, Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library, CSU Monterey Bay, Marina, California
Memorial for Herb Biblo
SRRT will me honoring the life of Herb Biblo, long-time SRRT member and supporter, during ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please see the details in this issue.
SRRT Membership Update
Here is the latest membership breakdown for SRRT, ALA, and other round tables (as of March 2018). It lists the name, total number of members, and percent increase compared to the same time period last year.
|ALA Group||Membership Numbers||Percentage of Growth from Last Year|
|Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT)||1785||+33.11%|
|Ethic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT)||914||+23.68%|
|Exhibits Round Table (ERT)/td>||449||-9.29%|
|Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT)||450||+27.84%|
|Games & Gaming Round Table (GAMERT)||751||+26.01%|
|Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)||1394||+10.63%|
|Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)||573||-8.32%|
|Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT)||1282||+7.28%|
|International Relations Round Table (IRRT)||1724||+4.80%|
|Learning Round Table (LEARNRT)||381||+18.69%|
|Library History Round Table (LHRT)||415||+12.47%|
|Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)||1777||+10.58%|
|Library Research Round Table (LRRT)||1367||+11.05%|
|Library Support Staff Interests Group Round Table (LSSIRT)||419||+10.85%|
|Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT)||291||-2.68%|
|New Members Round Table (NMRT)||1449||+22.49%|
|Retired Members Round Table (RMRT)||287||+20.59%|
|Staff Organizations Round Table (SORT)||160||+5.26%|
|Sustainability Round Table (SUSTRT)||740||+139.48%|
|Video Round Table (VRT)||599||+33.71%|
Overall, ALA has 59,279 members (as of March 2018), with +33.71% growth compared to the same month in 2017.
Most of the Round Tables have seen an increase in membership compared to last year. SRRT is now the largest round table in ALA! Thank you all for joining and I am looking forward to your engagement with the task forces, Action Council, or in general SRRT discussions. Also, congratulations to SustainRT for their incredible increase in membership!
Congratulations, Diedre Conkling!
Congratulations to Diedre Conkling, longtime SRRT member extraordinaire, for winning the 2018 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant long-standing contributions to women and gender studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career. Thank you for all you have done to advocate for progressive and feminist values in SRRT, ALA, and the library profession! We appreciate you so very much!
SRRT Schedule at ALA Annual Conference 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Friday, June 22, 2018
SRRT All Task Force Meeting
Morial Convention Center, Rm 201-202
Feminist Task Force Meeting
Morial Convention Center, Rm 201-202
Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty Task Force Meeting
Morial Convention Center, Rm 201-202
International Responsibilities Task Force Meeting
Morial Convention Center, Rm 201-202
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force Meeting
Morial Convention Center, Rm 201-202
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Action Council Meeting I
Morial Convention Center, Rm 230
Women of Library History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon I (SRRT)
Morial Convention Center, Rm 264
Women of Library History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon II (SRRT)
Morial Convention Center, Rm 264
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Assisting Palestinian Libraries (SRRT)
Morial Convention Center, Rm 210
Action Council Meeting II
Morial Convention Center, Rm 225
Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting
Morial Convention Center, Rm 225
Progressive Librarians Guild -- Braverman Prize Dinner
Mulate's -- The Original Cajun Restaurant
201 Julia Street (11 minute walk from the Convention Center)
Feminist Task Force News
by Sherre Harrington, Director and Liaison to Mathematics & Natural Science - Berry College Memorial Library, Mount Berry, Georgia
Join the SRRT Feminist Task Force at ALA Annual in New Orleans to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have advanced libraries, librarianship, and library and information science.
While Wikipedia is free and crowd-sourced, its coverage depends on the interests of those who contribute. To this day, the majority of Wikipedia contributors are affluent white men. As a result, some topics remain underrepresented, underdeveloped, or simply absent. This is often the case for representation of women in female-dominated professions, or the female minority in professions where men are dominant. Here are the details:
Women of Library History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon I, Saturday, June 23, 9:00-10:00 a.m., MCC Room 264
In this session, we will provide an overview of Wikipedia editing, as well as how to connect with the larger Wikipedian librarian community and find opportunities to edit or create content in your area of expertise. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary-- this session will get you started. Continental breakfast.
Women of Library History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon II, Saturday, June 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m., MCC Room 264
Edit or create Wikipedia entries using biographies from FTF's Women of Library History project, continue your work from the LITA Diversity & Inclusion Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon and Resource Share, or work on female-identified topics of your choice. Continental breakfast.
Women of Library History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon III: Working Party, Sunday, June 24, 6:00-9:00pm, Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 Saint Charles, 504-596-2625
Come to a Wikipedia editing working party at the historic Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. Continue work from earlier events, or start something new. We'll be there to help! Look for travel directions and information about a meet-up location for group departure from the Hilton St. Charles. Light vegetarian fare.
No Wikipedia editing experience necessary but please bring your own laptop. All three sessions are cosponsored by the ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section.
Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty Task Force News
by Julie Ann Winkelstein, SRRT HHPTF Co-coordinator, SRRT Newsletter Co-Editor
The HHPTF is currently working on updating two documents.
"Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement" is being updated with new resources, language and examples, so this toolkit can continue to support libraries as they address homelessness in their communities.
ALA Policy B.8.10 (old Policy 61), "Library Services to the Poor" is also being edited, with new language to reflect more recent terms and attitudes. If you're interested in being part of either of these projects, please let us know!
HHPTF will hold our ALA annual meeting at the SRRT all-task forces meeting June 22, 7:30-9 p.m. in room 201-202 Morial Convention Center. We'd love to have you join us as we discuss ways libraries can play active parts in reducing homelessness and poverty.
If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, contact Julie Winkelstein and/or Lisa Gieskes. We look forward to hearing from you.
And don't forget to check out our website: http://hhptf.org/
There are some great resources there!
International Responsibilities Task Force News
by Tom Twiss, Library Faculty Emeritus at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The International Responsibilities Task Force is planning an important and exciting discussion about efforts to assist Palestinian libraries at this year's ALA conference.
John and Joyce Cassel will talk about the work of the Seraj Library Project in Chicago. Seraj is a non-profit group that provides support for the development of libraries in rural Palestinian villages. Currently, it is assisting eight libraries in the West Bank, negotiating to establish two new libraries in West Bank villages, and providing scholarships for library volunteers.
Melissa Morrone, from Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP), will introduce the "Matloub (Wanted)," wish list campaign. This is an initiative of LAP and the Tamer Institute for Community Education that allows people to purchase titles selected by participating Palestinian libraries for those libraries. The Matloub campaign will also help raise awareness globally about the issues facing libraries in Palestine and the political context in which they operate.
The event will include a brief message from Mosab Mostafa. Mostafa is the founder of the Edward Said Public Library, a library of English language books that has been created in Gaza.
The event will also recognize the recent contribution of e-books to Palestinian libraries by Haymarket Books as an act of political solidarity with Palestine.
In each case we will answer questions and talk about how you can help with these projects. We also hope to hear about other projects and initiatives that on which people are working.
The discussion group meeting will be held Sunday June 24, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Morial Convention Center, Rm 210.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force News
by LaJuan Pringle, Library Manager -- Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Due to unfortunate circumstances, the Martin Luther KIng Jr. Holiday Cultural Exchange, scheduled for Saturday, June 23, Morial Convention Center, Rm. 281-82, has been cancelled. My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
If anyone is interested in joining or learning more about the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Task Force, please reach out to me via email. I'm very interested in learning of your ideas about how to celebrate and honor Dr. King's legacy as a social justice warrior. You can also play a pivotal role in implementing these ideas too.
The King Jr. Holiday Task Force needs your help. Please come and be a vital player in fulfilling the task forces charge to support and advance the observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday as an American celebration, through collaborative relations with the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), and in cooperation with the caucuses and all other ALA units for a broad spectrum of academic, public, school, and special library participation.
Planning is underway for the next Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Celebration at Midwinter. This celebration will mark the 19th anniversary of the event. The celebration is a joint event with the ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, and the Black Caucus of ALA.
Chair, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force
Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) News
Submitted by Mimi Lee, MLIS, Diversity and Literacy Consultant, New Jersey State Library
Dali and Caidi recipients of 2018 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award
Keren Dali, assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada and Nadia Caidi, associate professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information iSchool, are the recipients of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award for their article entitled "Diversity by Design."
The David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award recognizes recent articles that include significant new research related to the understanding and promotion of multiculturalism in libraries in North America. Works published within the last two years preceding the award application deadline are eligible to receive the award.
Dali and Caidi's article examines the concept of "integral diversity" or the idea that diversity should be an indispensable element in a system such as a class or workplace, and that "removing this element would preclude the system from functioning properly." Integrating diversity at the structural level would hinder its treatment as an appendage to LIS curricula, for instance. Rather, diversity would be treated like technology, which is taught as a core LIS course although, paradoxically, not all students will work in "technology-saturated environments." Comparatively, more students will work in diverse workplaces and communities and as a result will require competence with diversity as a core professional skill.
The authors suggest communal partnerships and guest talks encompassing the course subject and diversity as practical examples of diversity by design.
The Award, consisting of $500 and a commemorative plaque, will be presented to Dali and Caidi during the EMIERT Chair's Program at ALA's 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Founded in 1982, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information and Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) serves as a source of information for recommended ethnic and multilingual collections, services and programs.
Full Press Release
Arab American Literature -- A Librarian's Guide
Sunday, June 24
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 279-280
Over recent years, Middle Eastern literature has been making great strides in the international book market, with many authors and works receiving widespread attention and praise. The implementation of awards such as the Arab American Book Awards has also done much to raise the profile of Arabic literature and to facilitate a wider readership. In this session, panelists will highlight Arab American literature, including children's books featuring Arab American characters to poetry and fiction written by Arab Americans and nonfiction in the field of Arab American studies, along with the award program. In addition, panelists will discuss their experiences and strategies for developing Arabic collections for academic and public libraries. This session is presented in collaboration with the Near East and South Asia Committee of the International Relations Committee.
Speakers: Kirsten Terry-Murphy, Librarian, Arab American National Museum; Safi S. M. Safiullah, Manager, Salt Lake City Public Library-Marmalade Branch; Connie Lamb, Social Science Librarian, Brigham Young University; Laila Hussein Moustafa, Assistant Professor/Middle East and North African Studies Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Moderator: Mimi Lee, MLIS, Diversity and Literacy Consultant, New Jersey State Library
Colloquium on Library & Service Learning (CLSL)
Submitted by Jennifer Nutefall, Santa Clara University
In 2014 a new conference was created to bring together librarians, faculty, service learning directors, students, and the community to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives, and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning. This new conference, the Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning (CLSL) had an inaugural theme of "Extending our reach." Subsequent conferences in 2016 and 2017 had themes focusing on the public purposes of libraries and bridging campus and community.
The 2018 theme is "Critically engaged librarianship: Exploring service learning and community involvement." The day and a half conference will be held August 9-10 at American University in Washington, DC. The conference, along with a half day workshop and keynote, features 11 sessions focused on all aspects of librarians' work with service learning courses including:
- librarians partnering with study abroad service learning courses
- discussions of historical and archival bias
- partnerships with local elementary schools
- engaging students and non-profits through grants
- service learning and high impact practices in the LIS curriculum
CLSL is a valuable opportunity to talk with colleagues from across the country about the intersection of librarianship and service learning. Comments from past attendees include:
- The presentations from a variety of people about how they are contributing to the SL curriculum at their schools was very inspiring.
- The sessions provided practical and useful information about libraries and service learning. Overall I gained a lot to think about.
- Attending the sessions inspired lots of ideas for new programming and changes to existing programming. I had some great conversations with other attendees who will be very helpful contacts.
- So many ideas and so much enthusiasm -- I know many of us from different backgrounds and different kinds and sizes of institutions all mentioned we found something useful, and some of us are planning to network after the conference.
If you are interested in learning more, visit https://scholarcommons.scu.edu/libraries-and-service-learning/2018/. Past conference sessions are also available .
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) News
Submitted by Ana Elisa de Campos Salles, incoming Chair GLBTRT
GLBTRT Happenings in New Orleans The GLBT Round Table warmly invites everyone to join us at our happenings during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans! I'm thrilled to report our free pre-conference, Diversity 2.0: Cracking the Codes Film & Discussion on the System of Racial Inequality within a Library and Literacy Framework is full, so if you were unable to register, consider joining us for our programs and of course, our social!
Our complete schedule is below:
- Friday, 6/22/2018 -- GLBTRT Pre-conference: Diversity 2.0: Cracking the Codes Film & Discussion on the System of Racial Inequity within a Library and Literacy Framework, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MCC, Room 346-347
- Saturday, 6/23/2018 -- GLBTRT Executive Board Meeting 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. MCC, Room 204
- Saturday, 6/23/2018 -- GLBTRT Membership Meeting 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. MCC, Room 201-202
- Sunday, 6/24/2018 -- GLBTRT Social @ Good Friends Bar, 6-8 p.m.
- Monday, 6/25/2018 -- Stonewall Book Awards & GLBTRT Awards Celebration 10 a.m.-12 p.m. MCC, River Bend Ballroom
- Monday, 6/25/2018 -- GLBTRT Chair's Program: Intersectionality and the Library of the Future 2:30-4:30 p.m. MCC, Room 281-282
We're also very excited to be presenting the GLBTRT's three professional awards at our 2018 Stonewall Book Awards & GLBTRT Awards Celebration:
- Courtney L. Young will be presented with the Larry Romans Mentorship Award, jointly administered by the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) and the GLBTRT.
- Brandon West of Independence Public Library will be presented with the 2018 GLBTRT Award for Political Activism for his wonderful work with and on behalf of the queer community in the Independence, Kansas area.
- David Mather will be present to receive the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community on behalf of this year's winner, the Gulfport Public Library in Gulfport, Florida.
See you at Annual!
Memorial Reception and Celebration for Herb Biblo
Submitted by Al Kagan, SRRT member
As many of you know, long-time SRRT stalwart Herb Biblo died on March 30th at Stony Brook, New York. We will celebrate his life New Orleans style with music, wine, and hors d'oeuvres on Saturday, June 23, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Magazine Room of the Hilton Riverside during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. There will be time for people to share short remembrances of Herb.
If you wish to donate in memory of Herbert Biblo, these are the charitable organizations he supported in his lifetime.
- Rosenberg Fund for Children, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 348, Easthampton, MA 01027, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: (413) 529-0063, fax: (413) 529-0802, http://www.rfc.org/
- People Before Profits Education Fund (Chelsea Fund), 235 West 23RD Street, New York, NY 10011
Essay: Remembering Herb Biblo
by Al Kagan, African Studies Bibliographer and Professor of Library Administration Emeritus -- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Herb (L) and Mary (R) Biblo at ALA Midwinter in Boston, 2010. Image courtesy of Al Kagan.
Herb Biblo was not only a mentor to me but also a very close friend, as is his wife Mary. I always look forward to ALA meetings, not only for the satisfaction of doing progressive work, but also for the solidarity and friendship with people who have like values and solid integrity. In that context it was always a pleasure to see Herb, a stalwart who always encouraged me and everyone else to keep pushing for more social justice in our profession and in the world at-large. No one had a deeper sense of justice than Herb.
Herb was born in Brooklyn, started college at the City College of New York (CUNY), and then went into the army in 1943. His army service in several European countries opened his eyes to the wider world. On his return, he went to school full-time at CUNY under the GI Bill. He heard that there were jobs in Indiana, and for a short time he became a steelworker there, while campaigning for Henry Wallace of the Progressive Party for President in the 1948 election. He met his future wife Mary in that campaign. They could not get married in Indiana due to the state's miscegenation laws, so they married in Chicago, and ending up moving there. He became a fifth-grade teacher and took library school classes at the University of Chicago. He eventually became a high school librarian. Meanwhile, Mary also went to library school. He went on to work at the John Crerar Library, an important public library in Chicago. Eventually, he found a job at a little public library in Suffolk County, New York, which was a member of the Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC). Eventually he worked his way up to become LILRC's Executive Director. He retired after thirty-five years only at the end of 2017. Along the way, he served as President of the Nassau County Library Association, won its 2000 LDA [Publishers] Award for Excellence in Library Achievement, and received the Library Trustees Association of New York State Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
Herb was also a great storyteller and he seemed to know everyone involved in ALA governance from the late 1960s onward. He participated in the momentous and revolutionary 1969 ALA conference in Atlantic City, which turned ALA upside down and began a process for the thorough democratization of the organization and the adoption of social responsibilities as a core value. Eric Moon called that conference "...probably the greatest convention in library history, anytime." This was the year SRRT was founded and immediately became ALA's largest round table with 1050 charter members. SRRT immediately established four task forces: On Reorganization of ALA, Community Participation, Intellectual Freedom, and "To Evaluate the Reprinting of Literature and Media on the Negro."
Having an enjoyable dinner with Herb and Mary was often like getting a social history of ALA. Herb worked in SRRT right up almost to the present. Herb was elected to the ALA Council from 1977 to 1989, 1992 to 1996, and 1999-2002. This included his term as ALA Treasurer from 1980 to 1984, a time when ALA had one of its most progressive Executive Boards. Five of the twelve members of the Board were SRRT activists. During that time Herb worked to save the threatened ALA Office of Library Outreach Services (OLOS) and the ALA Office of Research. One story from that period is how the Executive Board prevented ALA Executive Director Bob Wedgeworth from travelling to South Africa and breaking the international boycott against the apartheid state. According to the struggle guidelines, people were only supposed to travel there to interact with progressive organizations to aid the liberation movement.
Mary Biblo (L), author Al Kagan (Center), and Herb Biblo (R) at IFLA in Durban, South Africa, 2007. Image courtesy of Al Kagan.
Herb and Mary also worked with a small group to try to make IFLA as progressive as possible over many years. He and I were active in the IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group. I especially remember the 1985 IFLA resolution to exclude apartheid institutions from membership in IFLA, and all the international delegations (including E. J. Josey) to succeeding IFLA Presidents to try to implement that resolution. Unfortunately, the IFLA officials came up with one delaying tactic after the other. Eventually, the question was moot because South Africa finally had its first democratic elections. In IFLA, we also worked together against censorship in Turkey and in Israel and the Occupied Territories, mass surveillance laws worldwide, and in defending Cuba against US government funded disinformation campaigns. Herb, Mary and I also had fascinating and fun times on six IFLA tours together in India, China, Thailand, Scotland, Germany, and Argentina.
I am afraid that my own passions have dominated this essay. Herb was involved in all sorts of issues, apartheid in South Africa being only one, although quite a dominant one for many years. For example, Mary and Herb were the motivators behind the ALA Council's successful 2012 resolution against voter suppression. Herb was always telling us to organize, that we had to find ways to elect more progressive people to the ALA Council. Herb was interested in winning our resolutions to change ALA policies, not just voicing our concerns. In that sense, he was more pragmatic than many of us who thought it more important to voice our moral indignation than to actually win the votes. He advocated that SRRT activists should work in many other ALA venues to not only influence those bodies but also to gain recognition from various constituencies in order to get elected to ALA Council.
Herb and Mary almost never missed an ALA meeting. I should have realized the importance of Herb's telephone call when he told me they had cancelled their trip to the 2018 Denver Midwinter meeting. But he said they would definitely be in New Orleans. How sad that this was not to happen. Herb will be sorely missed.
Media Review: Homeless at the End
Reviewed by Julie Winkelstein, SRRT Newsletter Co-Editor
Homeless at the End, Original air date: November 13, 2017 on KUED; Length: 57 minutes, 16 seconds. Available to watch at: https://video.kued.org/video/homeless-at-the-end-o4vvdt
Synopsis from KUED website:
"A riveting portrayal chronicling death with dignity at a unique, homeless hospice facility that profoundly transforms the lives of the homeless residents and their caregivers. The film follows one man in particular, James Adams, through his final journey at the INN Between after his diagnosis with cancer. The film paints a touching portrait of the relationships he forms."
As the narrator tells us, "'The INN Between' is the first hospice for the homeless of its kind in the United States."
This moving film uses interviews, videos, observations and statistics to tell the story of a unique hospice in Salt Lake City, Utah. It opens with the annual "Homeless Persons Memorial" where a crowd of people hold candles and listen as the names of those who have died are read aloud. The documentary moves on to offer statistics on death and homelessness, while showing heart-wrenching shots of people, some covered in snow, lying on sidewalks and other places not designed for sleeping. As we watch one scene after another, the narrator tells us: "The average age of death for those without shelter is 51."
We are introduced to Kim Correa, the executive director, who describes the INN Between as: "A place to live, a place that they can call home at the end of life, a place where they feel safe, where they feel comfortable, and where they feel loved."
We also meet resident Jim Adams, who leads us to his room which he describes by saying: "It's small -- it's perfect. It's perfect for me." He talks about being on the streets and never having thought of dying there -- he thought somehow that part of his life would pass. But it didn't.
Deborah Thorpe, one of the two women who started the INN Between, describes it this way: "We wanted the homeless to have the same kind of care anyone else can have in their own home. So we're first and foremost a home."
Another person highlighted in the film is Ed Snoddy, from Volunteers of America, who does Homeless Medical Outreach. His comments are thoughtful and kind, and it is inspirational to watch him stop by to do a health check on one man who has set up his tent in a remote location. Unlike the stereotypes of homelessness frequently perpetuated in news outlets, books and movies and by housed people, Ed Snoddy offers insights, as well as respect. He serves as a good model for library staff and others who are apprehensive about interacting with people who do not have a safe and reliable place to sleep at night. When talking about the lives of the people he sees, he notes: "People die prematurely -- just lack of care, lack of being in a proper environment."
And that's what this film is about -- care and caring, in a safe, loving and supportive environment. As Kim Correa says, "We become their surrogate family, we become their support system.... And that's what the INN Between is all about. That's what a dignified end of life means to us."
The film follows one person in particular, Jim Adams, as he copes with his impending death from cancer. But there are also short pieces about others who are living at the INN Between -- some there for short stays, others on hospice care. 50 volunteers provide a range of services and interactions from jewelry selections to haircuts to music, as well as street outreach medical volunteers. Each story provides more insight into the challenges of living unstably and the ways in which attention can be paid in a loving and respectful way.
Every library staff person who has interacted with community members who are experiencing homelessness should watch this film. A community screening of the film, paired with a panel of health workers, social workers and those who are currently experiencing homelessness or who have experiences to share, could go a long way toward changing societal attitudes about homelessness and the members of our communities who are experiencing it. Highly recommended!
Media Review: Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them
Reviewed by Fred Stoss, Librarian, SUNY University at Buffalo, SRRT Member
Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them. 2011. Graciela Tiscareño-Sato. Hayward, CA: Gracefully Global Group, LLC. ISBN 978-0-9834760-9. 212 p. $17.99. See: https://www.gracefullyglobal.com/commerce/?page_id=86
Recent years of strong and harsh treatment of immigrants and the carry-over to the descendants of immigrants by an entire political party's ideology provide a need for robust discussion. Latinnovating gives us a look at kinder years of giving praise, recognition, and respect to the entrepreneurial spirit of people of Latino and Hispanic culture and heritage. Author Tiscareño-Sato presents, as the body of her book, profiles of ten individuals who demonstrate important leadership and attention to significant works around a wide variety of issues and settings: industrial printing waste, reducing energy consumption, and stimulating local ultra-small green businesses.
I, however, much prefer the use of the word "smart," rather than "small," when describing a new generation of energy or environmental designs, products, or initiatives--it makes arguing the affirmative much easy when describing things that are "smart," in contrast to the status quo. Profiles also address solar energy for public schools, fashion accessories from rags, sustainable packing, utilizing the talent and innovation of students not at the far-right side of the bell-shaped curve for creating start-ups in engineering, developing green ("smart") software, social justice in planning and buildings, and energy storage. Libraries (public and academic in particular) will benefit from this book, if it is not already in their collections. Our colleagues in REFORMA and EMIERT will definitely find this a great addition, as would college and university offices of career services.
Media Review: Love Is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting
Reviewed by Fred Stoss, Librarian, SUNY University at Buffalo, SRRT Member
Love is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting. 2016. Patty Jenkins and Elsa Charretier. San Diego, CA: IDW Publishing. 9781631409394. 14 p., $9.99. See: https://www.idwpublishing.com/product/love-is-love
On June 12, 2016, 49 lives were lost in a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Within minutes news of the carnage spread. Minutes grew into hours, and hours into days as the horror, shock, grief, mourning, and rage built over another senseless act of gun violence in America. Within hours of the massacre, members of the comics community collectively began contacting one another saying, "We must do something." That something is this book, in which the comic book industry joined hands, minds, and talents to find a means to express their condolences and to honor those killed. It is perfectly described on the back cover text, which explains that "writers and artists from across the globe have created exclusive new material expressing their sorrow, compassion, frustration, and hope, all inspired by the tragic events. In so doing, they celebrate the victims, survivors and their families while also spreading a message of peace and inclusion." This book carries with it incredible emotional content, reflecting the events and the creators' reactions and extrapolations to other instances of peace and reconciliation for the good of humanity. This is a needed selection for public and academic libraries, and I am certain that librarians carrying an entrenched sense of social responsibilities, justice, and inclusion will want their own copy.
Zines Review: Black Women & Self Care: Thoughts on Mental Health, Oppression & Healing and Black Women & Self-Defense: Thoughts on Personal Space & Reclaiming Our Streets by Naomi Moyer
Reviewed by Madeline Veitch, Research, Metadata, & Zine Library at SUNY New Paltz; incoming Reviews Editor
Zines are low-tech, DIY mini-books that can include political essays, personal narratives, instructional how-tos, and more. Authors typically retain full control of the writing, publishing, and printing process, and often sell their zines at a low cost to maximize accessibility. This model, in which the author speaks directly to the reader unimpeded by editors and marketing departments, creates a space for author and reader to forge connections around lived experience, solidarity, and support.
Two recent zines from Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist and author Naomi Moyer do just that. In Black Women & Self Care: Thoughts on Mental Health, Oppression & Healing and Black Women & Self-Defense: Thoughts on Personal Space & Reclaiming Our Streets, Moyer speaks about the everyday physical and emotional threats of living in a white supremacist culture, naming and describing their dimensions and also providing practical strategies for self-care, staying safe, and reclaiming space.
Both zines are broken up into individual chapters that begin with dictionary definitions of terms (depression, PTSD, white supremacy, self-defense) and move into richer histories and personal reflection that speak to experiences that may be shared by many Black women. Finally, Moyer goes deeper into dimensions of oppression and racism, offering strategies for countering or managing particular threats.
For example, in Black Women & Self Care, the chapter "Surviving White Supremacy" discusses the intersectional experience of Black women facing a white supremacist culture that is also patriarchal, misogynistic, and homophobic. Moyer goes on to discuss the importance of identifying and building safe zones, decolonizing the mind, and offers strategies for reacting to racism in ways that call it out and also honor one's own need for safety. Black Women & Self Care also provides recipes for healing and supportive tonics and practical strategies for expressing anger as an act of self-care -- both with others, and through activities that can be undertaken solo, like movement, creative expression, and letter-writing.
In Black Women & Self Defense, Moyer focuses on the social and societal violence Black women face on the street, explaining that "the approach I take with self- defense in this zine is not enough to tackle the complexities involved behind systemic anti Black racism and oppression." (p.2). Instead she focuses on staying safe in the face of aggressions that range from looks and body language to acts of verbal and physical violence. She addresses topics like catcalling, responding to threats when children are present, and the various intersectional dimensions of trauma that impact energy, awareness, and specific impacts of street harassment.
Both of these zines are beautifully written, intertwining the personal, historical, and pragmatic in thin stapled volumes that are affordable additions to your library's collection. Don't have a zine library yet? Think about starting one!
Note: At the moment, both of these zines are in high demand and hard to get copies of -- but they are worth trying to track down. Zines often go out of print quickly, which means less overlap in holdings between collections. Try Strange Danger Distro or check back on the author's Etsy site in a few weeks. While you're there, look at what other zines might be available right now!
Interested in reviewing? Be in touch!
Voice From the Past: From SRRT Newsletter #29, January 1974
From Issue #29, January 1974
A few points seem appropriate here on "editorial policy." First, we print nearly everything we get, only altering texts for reasons of format or readability. Second, the new Clearinghouse decided at Vegas in '73 to let one person remain editor for a trial period of perhaps a year, rather than rotating editors as in the past. The object: to achieve greater consistency and continuity in appearance and content. Third, a concensus has emerged among Task Force and affiliate people, in particular, that the newsletter should run more "hard" material and contact-information, saving space--if necessary--by reducing the amount of graphics. Accordingly, issue #28 carried no pictures, tho we trust most readers found the layout--if not jazzy--at least attractive enough and, most important, serviceable. (Realistically, we could never genuinely view with Booklegger or WLB on a strictly visual plane. So the considerable outlay on printing and mailing seems more wisely invested in a product that directly and broadly serves SRRT members in a way that no other vehicle does. In short, we're not competing in a "fashion show" and don't expect an H.W. Wilson Award, but we are dedicated to meeting SRRTers' information needs as quickly, digestibly, and comprehensively as possible.) Fourth, with everyone's active cooperation, the newsletter can become an even better catalyst than before and assume some new, potentially valuable tasks: like publishing fuller documentation on key events and issues than the orthodox library press (we've already done it, for instance, re the Starr-appointment, Wheeler-suit, Ontario college librarians' struggle, and Black Caucus censure), noting relevant "things to get" that other-wise might pass unnoted in the literature, extending coverage to include pertinent developments in Canada and overseas, establishing fruitful links with like-minded persons and groups elsewhere in A.L.A., other professions, and the "real world," and providing an uninhibited forum for ideas, complaints, plans, and dreams. Incidentally, this issue should have appeared before the ALA Midwinter meeting, but difficulties in securing enough paper, coupled with Action Council inaction (meaning no pre-Midwinter SRRT schedule nor AC news), made that impossible. In future, we'll try to meet deadlines promptly, guaranteeing at least six solid issues a year. Amen.
Call for Additional Editorial Board Members
Are you looking for a way to be more involved in the Social Responsibilities Round Table? Are you passionate about books, media and their role in social responsibility? Do you have excellent writing and editing skills? Are you good at meeting deadlines and encouraging others to meet them as well? If so, membership to the SRRT Newsletter Editorial Board might be just the volunteer position you're looking for!
We are in need of two members who can serve on the Editorial Board as soon as possible.
Editorial Board memberships positions are determined by the SRRT Action Council.
If you are interested in becoming members of the SRRT Editorial Board, please send a copy of your resume/CV, a brief letter of inquiry outlining your qualifications and interest in the position, and a writing sample and/or examples of previous work to Melissa Cardenas-Dow, SRRT editorial board member, at micd.srrt.newsletter [at] gmail.com.
Call for Submissions
The SRRT Newsletter is always looking for good articles, essays and letters to the editors. The next submission deadline is August 31, 2018.
The SRRT Newsletter invites submissions from library and information workers, students, educators, and all others who recognize the critical importance of libraries in addressing community and social issues. Submission content should align with the goals of SRRT: matters of social responsibility and values, current social needs, and opportunities and problems as they relate to libraries, library workers, or the communities they serve.
Please send your submissions electronically in one of the following formats: MS Word, RTF, PDF, or plain text pasted into the body of an e-mail. Submissions should be 500 to 1,000 words. Graphics are encouraged. If using images that are already on the Internet, the URL of the image and a caption or description may be added to the text of the submission.
Please send original submissions and inquiries to SRRT Newsletter Co-Editor Julie Winkelstein, jwinkels [at] utk.edu, indicating "SRRT Newsletter" within the subject line of your email. A confirmation of receipt will be sent in a timely manner.
Submissions to SRRT Newsletter Reviews
Submissions for book or media reviews should be sent to Melissa Cardenas-Dow, micd.srrt.newsletter [at] gmail.com, SRRT Newsletter Co-Editor, indicating "Reviews" in the subject line of your email.
Submissions should be sent electronically in MS-Word format or a Word compatible format. Reviewers should keep their reviews to 300-500 words; any length much shorter or longer should be discussed with the co-editor prior to submission. Reviewers should avoid conflicts of interest. Full disclosure should be made to the co-editor when appropriate.
Submissions to SRRT Newsletter Letters to the Editors
The Newsletter invites readers to submit letters to the editors relating to social responsibilities and libraries. The letters should be respectful and thoughtful, either respond to specific content in the newsletter or include suggestions for topics of interest to SRRT members to be addressed in future issues. We will only publish letters of more than 200 words in exceptional circumstances.
Letters may be edited for length, grammar, and accuracy. You will be notified if your letter will to be published.
Submit your letters to Michael Gorman, member of the SRRT Newsletter Editorial Board, at michaelg [at] mail.fresnostate.edu. You may submit your letter as an attachment in one of these formats: .doc, docx; or in the body of your email message.
Letters must include your full name, address, a telephone number and email address if you have one. This is for us only -- we don't share this information.
SRRT Newsletter is published quarterly by the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. ISSN: 0749-1670. Copyright © 2018 by the Social Responsibilities Round Table. No part of this periodical may be reproduced without permission.
Co-Editor: Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow, micd.srrt.newsletter [at] gmail.com.
Co-Editor: Julie Winkelstein, jwinkels [at] utk.edu.
Editorial Board Members: Michael Gorman, Laura Koltutsky, and Rebecca Martin
Views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of ALA/SRRT. The editors reserve the right to edit submitted material as necessary or as whimsy strikes.