For the first time in the library’s history, we have an anti-racism strategic plan. So how did we get here?
Aspiring to anti-racism
Equity and social justice are core values of the library profession. They are also Oak Park community aspirations and priorities, as embodied in the Oak Park Equity, Diversion, and Inclusion Statement.
We recognize that to truly turn outward and make a difference, to truly give space to and elevate the voices of historically, intentionally, and traditionally marginalized people groups, we need to go beyond equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Like all other agencies and organizations in the community, the library must identify and address how its policies, systems, programs, and services have been inequitable and have served to marginalize or oppress people. And then we must work to change them.