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Racial Justice and Inclusion

In early June, the ILF Board of Directors sent a message to members, acknowledging the persistent lack of Black voices in Indiana libraries, the work for ILF to take a look at ourselves, and to help Indiana's libraries to be authentically inclusive. The ILF Board called on Indiana libraries to:   

  • Explore and read anti-racist voices
  • Review policies to eliminate bias
  • Audit collections to ensure Black voices are integrated
  • Create displays that challenge racism
  • Facilitate dialogue that allows people to challenge their own implicit bias
  • Include Black authors in book discussion choices
  • Transform information literacy from tokenized curricula to authentic inclusion
  • Foster democracy through tools of voter registration, Census participation, voting, and engagement with policymakers

The Board appointed an Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Justice and Inclusion that has been meeting twice a month. The committee aims to develop tools and resources for members. The committee held a dialogue on 8/12 about strategies to ensure Black voices are included in library collections across the state. Resources shared on the dialogue include the slides, recording, working compilation document (add your ideas), GARE Racial Equity Toolkit, Indy PL's Racial Equity doc

                             Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Justice and Inclusion

Latrice Booker

IU Northwest

Jen Clifton
Indiana State Library

Margo English
Owensville Public Library

Sandra Fortner
The Floyd County Public Library

René Greenleaf
Hammond Public Library

Chad Heck
Pike Freshman Center

Tracy Johnson

Freemont Public Library

Jenny Kobiela-Mondor
Eckhart Public Library

Darren Mills
Ball State University


Leslie Sutherlin
South Dearborn Community Schools

Lucinda Nord
Indiana Library Federation

Megan Zanto
Indiana Library Federation



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