Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force

June 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm 3 comments

In 1990, the American Library Association adopted Policy 61, Library Services for the Poor.

This “Poor People’s Policy” was developed to ensure that libraries are accessible and useful to low-income citizens and to encourage a deeper understanding of poverty’s dimensions, its causes, and ways it can be ended.

In 1996, members of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) formed the Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force to promote and implement Policy 61 and to raise awareness of poverty issues.

Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force


Entry filed under: homelessness, poor people, social exclusion.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lisa  |  June 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, there are a lot of excellent resources at the task force page. Do you know how often they update that information or review it for validity?

  • 2. John Mack Freeman  |  June 19, 2012 at 1:42 am

    I think that Policy 61 is a great first step, but I think that librarians as an entire group have to pay more than lip service to service to poor people (and by extension, homeless and the chronically indigent). I worry that libraries and librarians like to believe that we provide services to these groups, but we find ourselves often unwilling to provide service when it becomes uncomfortable to the “typical” library patron. I know of some libraries that are making positive strides (i.e. San Jose). What are some good examples of libraries making positive steps in assisting this patron group? What works? More importantly, what doesn’t?

  • 3. Naftal  |  June 19, 2012 at 4:06 am

    What a great resource. I think that it would be helpful to some library patrons to have some of that information, especially regarding basic needs, available in a designated area of the library, maybe like a community services table with brochures, flyers, etc.


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