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The Bowdoin College Library Commitment to Anti-Racism

June 2020

The Bowdoin College Library stands in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), in particular our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. As protests are underway across the world in response to the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, the most recent of countless acts of violence committed against Black lives throughout history, we condemn and express our profound grief and outrage at the racial injustices that continue to be perpetrated in our communities. Black Lives Matter.

Libraries are not neutral, nor should they be silent. By their inherent nature, libraries strive to foster and advance social justice; to say and do nothing would only serve to reinforce the systems that have contributed to the inequities and injustices that we stand against. We acknowledge that systems of oppression operate within all libraries, including the Bowdoin College Library. Historical biases are ingrained in the classification systems we employ to organize our collections; published resources and local collections often reflect dominant narratives and values to the exclusion of marginalized perspectives; and the descriptive metadata standards used privilege whiteness and colonialism. As educators, information specialists, and citizens, it is our responsibility to identify and directly address these problematic systems in order to build inclusive and mindful access to materials and services.

As a staff, and as members of the Bowdoin community, we are committed to increasing our knowledge about anti-racism and the ways in which systemic oppression permeates our work, and to providing the campus with resources that will support and deepen learning. As the cornerstone of this effort we have developed an action plan with a goal to achieve an immediate and sustained impact on our practices.

We will:

As we continue our work, we will engage with others at Bowdoin and within the broad library community so together we can challenge the status quo and create a Library that is genuinely inclusive and welcoming to everyone.