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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Best Practices

SCRLC's Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our operation from the Board of Trustees and guiding principles to staffing, programs, and services. Having representation and engagement from library workers from diverse and underrepresented groups - including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, spiritual traditions, skill sets, and experiences - can effectively position us to address the changing needs of our members and their communities. No one will be denied consideration for or participation in any of our programs, services, committees, special interest groups, or Board of Trustees on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving but not limited to such factors as those mentioned above. We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

How Libraries Can Take Action

  • Publicly affirm support for #Black Lives Matter with signs and displays and be prepared to explain your support to detractors. Why Libraries Should Support Black Lives Matter.
  • Create an #BlackLivesMatter ebook display for patrons who want to educate themselves. Here is an example from Santa Clara County Library District.
  • Purchase/display books by and about people of color that are not just overtly about race. Especially for kids.
  • Partner with and support minority-owned businesses in your communities for things like catering, programming, etc.
  • Support black colleagues
  • Amplify and support messages from the Black Caucus of ALA and others.
  • Encourage archivists who are actively gathering materials from protests (and the pandemic generally) to be mindful of whose point of view they are sharing.
  • Further your anti-racist work by attending programs like How to Be a Good Ally (METRO), 6/9 and Bystander Intervention Training (CLRC), 7/14
  • Listen to feedback from the community and don't let mistakes or criticisms stop your progress. Make adjustments and apologies as needed and keep going.
This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.