The news cannot be ignored. While it's important to remember that libraries welcome everyone, racism is still in existence in our communities and our profession. RCLS condemns racism towards Black people and all People of Color.
RCLS will be undertaking to continue education and open dialogue initiatives, both immediately and for the foreseeable future, in order to open communication and have a meaningful conversation as to how we can support you, our field, and the library community.
The first program in a series on racism and inclusion will be held on Tuesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. via BlueJeans: Understanding Racism.
In addition to providing the platform and programs to foster conversation, RCLS will work closely with the Coalition for Library Workers of Color to increase diversity in library staff and support the career growth of this population.
The call to action is long overdue. We hope you will join RCLS and the Coalition for Library Workers of Color to further the conversation and become an integral part of the fight to end racism.
Grace Riario, RCLS Executive Director