Commitment to Antiracism

November 17, 2021

Libraries’ Commitment to Antiracism

The University Libraries supports the University’s statement of action on its Journey Toward Anti-Racism and Racial Equity. We commit to taking active steps towards inclusive excellence by deeply integrating diversity, equity, inclusion and access in all our everyday work. We weave this commitment through the overarching goals set forth in the Libraries Strategic Plan for 2020-2022.

Call to Action & Commitment

We accept the call to action. The Libraries is committed to antiracism and to seeking a path to racial equity. We will invest in learning and acknowledging the truth about systemic barriers within our histories, so that we can remove them as we: critically teach information and understand data discrimination and algorithmic bias; design and deliver services for UNL communities; collect and generate resources created by and representing ethnically and racially diverse voices; seek out and sustain diverse primary sources and materials; and preserve and promote underrepresented histories and perspectives in our archives and special collections. We will invest resources to increase access to and visibility of nontraditional resources to support the research needs of emerging interdisciplinary areas and so that every member of the UNL community can readily find their identities and histories, and imagine their futures, in our materials. We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff that demonstrate through their actions a commitment to inclusive excellence.

As a profession and an organization dedicated to intellectual freedom and equitable access, we are aware how often we fall short of these ideals and how our own systems and actions perpetuate harm. We participate in descriptive practices rooted in white supremacy, and collecting practices that extract from, rather than support, communities that can and do speak with their own voices. We are active participants in the current dominant system of scholarly publishing and communication that overwhelmingly favors the already powerful, and which is built on a historically white system of prestige and recognition. We seek to create a new future that truly promotes information justice, and we commit strongly to actions that remove barriers and promote equitable access for all.