January 23, 2022

ALA President Julie Todaro Releases Statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion

UPDATE (November 18, 2016) MIT Libraries Stand Committed To Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Social Justice

UPDATE (November 16, 2016) ARL Issues Statement, “Research Libraries and Archives Stand Committed to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Social Justice

UPDATE (November 16, 2016) Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Announces Open Forum on Diversity, Inclusion, and Our Work, Post-Election

UPDATE: Public Library Association President Felton Thomas Jr. has released a statement on public libraries and inclusiveness.

Here’s the full text of the statement that can be also be accessed on the ALA website

Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the invaluable role libraries and librarians will play within their communities as many search for common ground after the election.

“After a contentious campaign season filled with divisive rhetoric, we are now hearing from our members and in the news media about incidents of bigotry and harassment within our communities. From children acting out in schools to adults participating in violent acts, it is clear that our nation is struggling in the wake of this election.

“During times like these, our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing. Libraries provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds and for difficult discussions on social issues. Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.

“As an association representing these libraries, librarians and library workers, ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission. As we have throughout our 140 year-long history, we will continue to support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work.”

See Also: University of Pennsylvania: Penn Libraries’ Issues Statement on Recent Racist Acts Directed Toward Penn Students

See Also: Oregon: Two Reed College Library Bathrooms Vandalized With Racist, Homophobic, and Anti-Semitic Graffiti

See Also: University of Virginia Library: “Safe Space for Dialogue About the Election” (via UVa Library News and Announcements

See Also: New Resource: Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Releases a New Booklist: “Unity. Kindness. Peace.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.