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Eleanor Diaz (staff)'s picture

DRAFT: Library Bill of Rights Interpretation - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

This is a draft interpretation that attempts to demonstrate how equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to the principles expressed in the Library Bill of Rights. Please share this draft widely. We appreciate any and all feedback on this draft document.

Diane Porterfield's picture

The beauty of the Library Bill of Rights is in its simplicity. There are no changes needed. The draft is overly wordy and frankly demonstrates the out-of-touchness ALA has been accused of.

How kind of ALA to dictate how a library raises funds, for programs and material few may want to see.

Those of us who work in libraries know that budgetary decisions are not easy. In essence you look for the greatest bang for your buck while also balancing the less popular and unseen services and resources. Overdue charges and fees can be avoided by patrons and are often needed as a funding source for libraries. In following this draft libraries will have decreased funding but will also need to include an "abundance of resources and programming..." not necessarily the resources and programming my community wants but stuff they don't want as well.

Perhaps the intellectual freedom committee should address the gag orders on federal departments, and the potential restriction on dissemination of knowledge by the deletion of webpages that had been access points.

Max Macias (non-member)'s picture

Thank you for providing some rational guidelines for people.  Too many times libraries can become one-sided and get out of touch with their communities.  Some may try to argue that some communities are homogeneous and don't need multiple viewpoints, and guidelines, but even these communities must interact with other, more diverse aspects of the country.  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are not just limited to ethnicity.  They relate to sexism, classism, ableism, and more-these important values should be explicitly stated.  Thank you!



Nicole Sump-Crethar's picture

I thought this was very thoughtfully written. Thanks.