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About Smith Libraries
Published June 26, 2020
The Smith College Libraries community is outraged by the recent brutal deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among others. These murders of Black people are unacceptable and unjust. They are visible acts of violence deeply rooted in a history and culture of racism in the United States. Protests held in every state of the Union and District of Columbia against police brutality, White supremacy, and injustices toward the Black community, have created a turning point in challenging systemic oppression and racism.
While libraries as cultural institutions have long championed free and open access to accurate and unbiased information, the Smith College Libraries recognizes that this work continues to be shaped by a legacy of White supremacy and anti-Blackness. If the library community is to be truly inclusive, we must examine our values, physical spaces, programming, systems, and methodologies.
The staff of the Libraries commits to:
We can no longer simply aspire to the notion of ‘access for all’. Now is the time to act on it.