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Doug Archer's picture

Draft Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rightse - #1 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

1st of 3 New Draft Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights - #1 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Please review this draft interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights and respond with your suggestions by May 1 (note the new date).  The Intellectual Freedom Committee will revise it in light of your suggestions and bring it to Annual Conference in Chicago for your consideration.  In addition to offering your own suggestions, please distribute it as widely as possible to others for their input.

Thanks very much,


Max Macias (non-member)'s picture

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Martha Goddard's picture

I appreciate the efforts of Mike Marlin, regarding including more specific language related to EDI concerns of people with disabilities. I responded to Mike with these suggestions to what he already has submitted, but he suggested that I should send them directly to you.

In Section I:

Library collections, in a variety regardless of material ormats, should include a ull range of viewpoints and experiences, serving the needs of all members of the community. Within the constraints of space and resources, all libraries should seek out materials, including materials that are accessible for people with disabilities materialsproduced by diverse authors or creators. Online resources, including databases and other e-materials should be accessible for people who use computers with adaptive technology.


In Section V: I looked at the WHO definition and made a slight change because people with disabilities are ‘able’ if barriers are eliminated!

“Disability encompasses the condition that results from  interaction with the barriers society creates for people who interrelate with the world differently than the majority of ‘able’ non-disabled people.”



Martha Goddard's picture

A letter dropped out of my first submission!

Library collections, in a variety regardless of material formats, - See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/264431#comment-86323

Mike Marlin's picture

Hi Doug,  One ASCLA member suggested that all instances of "should" be changed to "must" but I felt that wasn't universally appropriate, but wanted IFC to know that this opinion exists. You will find an attempt to incorporate disability and accessible formats into the overall EDI framework. Let me know if you have questions.

Mike Marlin California State Library Braille and Talking Book Library Sacramento, CA

Megan Hodge's picture

Section II states that "Beyond merely avoiding the exclusion of materials representing unorthodox or unpopular ideas, libraries should proactively seek to include an abundance of resources and programming representing the greatest possible diversity of genres, ideas, and expression." Does this include actively seeking out resources on ideas such as climate change denial and that link vaccines to autism? I don't think this is necessarily the intent of this section; if it indeed isn't, it may be helpful to clarify the language here.