Digital Library Federation (DLF) Releases Statement on Charlottesville and White Supremacy
From the Digital Library Federation (DLF):
As an organization dedicated to values we believe are inherent in the mission of libraries—equitable access, diverse collections and communities, and caring collaboration—the Digital Library Federation strongly condemns the white supremacist and neo-Nazi rallies and attacks that took place in Charlottesville, VA and which continue to threaten other communities. We express our condolences to all those harmed by violence and violent ideologies, and we commend our colleagues at UVa and in the Charlottesville community, including many from libraries and archives, who counter-protested and resisted in the face of hate.
Bigotry and racism are anathema to the mission of the Digital Library Federation. We believe that the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies can democratize access, advance understanding, and increase social justice and the public good. Toward these important ends, DLF actively promotes a library and digital library culture that opposes the oppressive ideologies and actions we witnessed in Charlottesville, and instead fosters intersections and compassion across our differences—differences which we recognize as strength. In February, 2017 CLIR and DLF affirmed that we “stand with our community in determined opposition to any political policies, actions, and divisive ideologies…that contravene our shared, core values of enlightened liberalism and scientific understanding, and threaten our mission to create just, equitable, and sustained global cultures of accessible information.”
The Digital Library Federation will continue to argue for and enable these critical values. The hatred and violence of bigotry and white supremacy have no place in this world, and serve to marginalize and oppress the most vulnerable among us, while impoverishing us all. Only together can we strive toward the values we hold dear.
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See Also: Statement: Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) on White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia (August 18, 2017)
See Also: ACRL Board of Directors Condemns Racism and Violence in Charlottesville (August 17, 2017)
See Also: Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Condemns Inflammatory Speech and Violence after Charlottesville Tragedy (August 16, 2017)
See Also: ALA Condemns Racism and Violence in Charlottesville (August 15, 2017)
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.