Shorewood Library Equity Commitment
The Shorewood Public Library is committed to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion for our patrons, staff, and the greater community. In so doing, the Library acknowledges that systemic and structural racism, prejudice, and unconscious biases exist in our society and at our library.
Achieving equity, diversity and inclusion will take concerted and ongoing effort on the part of staff and the library trustees. How do we do this?
- We will apply an equity lens when drafting and reviewing policy, creating, and implementing programs, when we select and curate our collections, and in all the library work that we do. An equity lens is the ongoing work of recognizing and working with our own biases and noticing forms and expressions of inequities and oppression.
- We are committed to seeking and receiving feedback to help us meet our commitment to equity, inclusion and becoming an anti-racist organization. If we identify people who may be held back by our decisions and practices, we will ask and listen to feedback from those who may be impacted. Patrons may submit anonymous feedback via an online form found on our homepage.
- We will continue to provide learning opportunities for patrons, staff, and trustees on issues of racism, societal inequities, unseen persons, unconscious biases, and the value of diversity.
- We are committed to diversifying our library staff and board of trustees and will intentionally recruit people from historically marginalized groups and create a culture of support, leading to retention and opportunities for advancement.
- We will collaborate with other organizations to work toward racial equity and social justice for people that live, work and spend time in Shorewood and beyond.
Approved by the Library Board on November 11, 2020
Why have a statement of commitment regarding equity and inclusion?
- It demands accountability from library leadership, trustees and staff members
- It provides focus for organizational priorities and planning
- It legitimizes and incorporates the commitment in the library’s culture
Resources to inform our library staff, administration and trustees:
American Library Association http://www.ala.org/advocacy/diversity
Public Library Association http://www.ala.org/pla/initiatives/edi
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/inclusive-services
What is an equity lens? http://www.sccyvpt.org/uploads/6/4/4/7/64475291/sc_what_is_an_equity_lens.pdf
Kirkus Collections https://www.kirkusreviews.com/diversity/about/
Government Alliance on Race and Equity https://www.racialequityalliance.org/resources/advancing-racial-equity-in-public-libraries-case-studies-from-the-field/