SRRT Coordinator's Column

June 2021

by April Sheppard, SRRT Coordinator (2020-2021)

Congratulations to our newly elected SRRT Action Council Members-At-Large:

  • Gerardo Colmenar
  • Laura Koltutsky
  • Mark Winston

We’d also like to congratulate Tara Brady for being reelected SRRT Councilor to ALA Council. I have interacted with all our new and reelected members and I think they’re going to be great. I look forward to working with everyone after Annual.

I also want to thank everyone who stood for election this year. I was very happy to see so many talented people interested in serving on the Action Council. It’s hard when we have more candidates than open spots, but I hope it’s a problem we continue to have.

Finally, I want to give my most sincere thanks to Lisa Eichholtz, who served as SRRT treasurer. She may not remember it, but Lisa was one of the first SRRT members I met in person. She helped this very nervous new Action Council member feel welcomed on top of being an excellent treasurer.

SRRT Membership Numbers

As of March 2021, SRRT has increased membership by 10.58% compared to March 2020. Here are other Round Tables which also saw an increase in the same time period:

ALA Round Tables Membership Numbers % of Growth
Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) 2,069 10.58%
Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) 1,086 10.7%
Film and Media Round Table (FMRT) 783 16.52%
Graphic Novel and Comics Round Table (GNCRT) 1,092 8.33%
Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) 547 0.09%
Library History Round Table (LHRT) 472 7.03%
Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) 438 8.42%
Retired Members Round Table (RMRT) 347 4.83%
Rainbow Round Table 1,452 0.07%
Staff Organizations Round Table (SORT) 223 3.72%
Sustainability Round Table (SUSTRT) 1,439 15.12%
ALA has 52,031 members, +0.17%

 

I am very thankful to all our members and to them, the Action Council, task forces, SRRT liaisons and representatives, the newsletter editorial board, and the web and social media teams who help make SRRT a place worth joining. However, I also wanted to point out how many of the round tables above are small. I am glad that the most recent Forward Together draft resolutions appears to have dropped the 1% membership requirement for round tables, but I want to encourage SRRT and other large round tables to continue to keep an eye out for our smaller brethren and do what we can to advocate for their continued success.

 

April Sheppard
she/they, her/them
SRRT Action Council Coordinator (2020-2021)

& Assistant Director
Dean B. Ellis Library
Arkansas State University