Mission Statement:

We recognize libraries serve a vast range of individuals with unique experiences and characteristics. We encourage an inclusive environment that promotes freedom of speech in conjunction with strong policies that protect patrons and library staff of all gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, income level, age and all other personal, social, cultural and economic perspectives.

 

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The Equity, Diversity Inclusion & Antiracism Toolkit is an educational resource that will help guide libraries in reflecting on their institutional practices and policies, and assist in guiding them to move forward.

 


 

 



 

The EDI Antiracism Committee (EDIAC) led a conversation with the State Library of Oregon (SLO) about the "legacy" applied to the first State Librarian Cornelia Marvin Pierce. Pierce has been celebrated for years as a remarkable name in librarianship. However, many library workers and the general public are not aware of her advocacy in the horrific practices of eugenics and her husband's involvement with the Ku Klux Klan. The EDIAC and the SLO both agree Cornelia Marvin Pierce does not represent librarians and library staff, therefore celebrating her as an outstanding librarian and maintaining the honorable plaque donated by her sister at the State Library of Oregon's premises is unnecessary, unwanted, and unwelcome.

We thank the SLO for the open dialogue about this theme and for removing the plaque.

 "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority." -Booker T. Washington


 

 Data Analysis examples below were extracted from the

EDI Antiracism Committee OLA Preconference Presentation

 

                                                                                Access Pre-Conference recording HERE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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