Libraries are for everyone. It’s more than just a slogan. It’s the foundation of what we believe.
It is clear now more than ever that being “for everyone” comes with a responsibility to stand up against racism. Which is why we must speak up now.
Our Black and Brown neighbors are hurting and have been for far too long. We see that pain. And we see that we have room to do better for our own employees and for our community.
It is not enough for us to just continue to avoid blatantly racist actions. We must be actively anti-racist. As a public institution, it is our responsibility to closely examine our policies and practices to make sure they serve all of our public equitably.
Today, we pledge as an organization to prioritize equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do. And not with vague platitudes. With concrete, measurable actions.
By the July 20 board meeting, we will present a plan on how we intend to move toward more just and equitable practices in hiring, employee development, collections management, cataloging and programming. How we intend to center our practices on those institutional values.
We will not have all the answers in six weeks. But we will show our work. And you can hold us accountable for making progress.
This problem is unquestionably bigger than us, but we are committed to making sure we are addressing our part. We can do better. We will do better.
The best time to start was before now. The second best time to start is right now. And so we will.
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