One of the many challenges facing American institutions today is the need to acknowledge and examine histories that have resulted in the exclusion of Black, Latina/o/x, Native and Indigenous people, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and other groups with intersectional identities. We recognize the past and share this history. We must work to undo the systems that have influenced library service models and impeded equitable service to underrepresented members of our community.
We work every day to establish trust with both staff and patrons. We want to be of service to you and know there is much more to be accomplished.
Libraries play an important role for many in the community. We at IndyPL remain committed to fostering a positive workplace for staff members and welcoming environment for patrons, volunteers, and partner organizations. While our efforts do not make up for our failures, our work to become an antiracist organization is of paramount importance. We acknowledge the work ahead needed to improve racial equity efforts within our organization by listening and by taking action to improve opportunities and outcomes.
Our 570+ dedicated staff members and board of trustees are committed to making improvements in several areas via training, strategic initiatives, and more, and look forward to sharing new and ongoing efforts. Please see some examples below of our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitments.
Despite these efforts, we know that good intentions are meaningless without positive outcomes. Our staff should not experience racism and if they do, we must do a better job to acknowledge and address it. The challenges we face demonstrate our failings and room for growth. We strive to be an antiracist organization so that we can best serve our community, and we hope you will join us. As we look to the future, our staff and this library system will continue to grow and improve.
We would like to hear from our entire community so that we may continue to grow, learn, and serve.
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