SRRT Coordinator's Column

June 2023

by April Sheppard, SRRT Coordinator (2022-2023)

I’m happy to introduce SRRT’s newly elected Action Council Members-At-Large! Their terms will begin July 1, 2023 and run through June 30, 2026 and I look forward to working with them all:

  • Ian Bogus
  • Al Kagan
  • Charles E. Kratz, Jr.
  • Olivia Scully

Virtual Access to Meetings
I also want to give credit and kudos to everyone who worked on and supported last year’s Resolution on Continuing Virtual Access to ALA Membership Meetings. The resolution passed the Membership Meeting at Annual in 2022 and then was referred to the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) for review. BARC met in December 2022 and determined that there were modest fiscal implications in providing virtual Membership Meetings and that those could be absorbed by ALA. The resolution was returned to Council and passed at LibLearnX. Thank you, again, for everyone who helped make this happen. It’s very rewarding to see the hybrid Membership and Council Meetings at Annual and feel that we helped make that happen.

SRRT Membership Numbers
In the last year, SRRT has lost some members, but remains the largest round table:

Largest ALA Round Tables  Membership Numbers
Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT)  1,743
Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)  1,620
Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT)  1,553
Rainbow Roundtable (RRT)  1,476
Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT)  1,390

SRRT has a large number of student members. We hope that these students will be future regular SRRT members. To help us understand more about LIS students and ALA engagement, the SRRT Membership Committee has developed a survey that has been deployed to LIS students. So far, 138 students have taken the survey. Action Council is also working with the ALA Membership Office to create coupon codes for free student membership once the new ALA bylaws go into effect on September 1st.

April Sheppard
she/they, her/them
SRRT Action Council Coordinator (2022-2023)

& Assistant Director
Dean B. Ellis Library
Arkansas State University