Condemning Violence Against Black People & People Of Color
At its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 10th, the Board of Trustees of the Roselle Public Library District adopted a resolution supporting recent statements made by the Illinois Library Association and the Black Caucus of American Library Association condemning the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery; and all acts of violence and racism against Black people and people of color.
The staff and trustees of the Roselle Public Library have endeavored through strategic planning to make the Library’s collections and services reflect the diverse nature and needs of the Roselle community and resolve to continue to do so with stronger efforts to be more mindful in developing the Library’s physical and digital collections, in-person and virtual services, programs and events, policies and procedures and to be active in the fight against systemic racism and social injustice and to ensure all people of all races, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, faiths, cultures, and backgrounds feel safe, welcome, and represented at the Roselle Public Library.
Library Administration pledges to: develop more training and continuing education initiatives for staff and trustees regarding Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (EDISJ); maintain open dialogues about EDISJ in the Library and make this a key component in developing the Library’s next strategic plan; review policies and procedures to ensure they are equitable and not overtly or inadvertently biased against minorities and people of color; and review current collections to ensure equity in views and representation.
Furthermore, the Library has directly supported local efforts throughout 2020 to ensure Roselle residents are accurately accounted for in the 2020 United States Census and understands that minority populations are at a high risk of being excluded in the census count. Accurate census counts help ensure communities like Roselle receive adequate federal funding in the future for critical public services and programs. The Roselle Public Library District Board of Trustees implores all residents of Roselle to ensure they, their families, and their neighbors are counted in the 2020 Census.