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Henry Whittemore Library Policies

Policies of the Henry Whittemore Library

Henry Whittemore Library Commitment to Anti-Racism

The Whittemore Library is committed to be an anti-racist, welcoming and supportive library. We condemn the persistent systemic racism and violence toward Black people and all People of Color. We stand in solidarity with FSU’s Black students, colleagues, and neighbors. 

As allies, we acknowledge that in order to move forward to build an inclusive community, we must take action. Our Library pledges to commit to the following actions:

  • Ensure our physical and virtual environments are inclusive and welcoming.
  • Review our policies and procedures through an equity lens.
  • Prioritize the purchase of books and materials authored by and about the experiences of people of color. 
  • Engage in diversity, inclusion training offered by the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Human Resource departments.
  • Maintain our anti-racism, equity, diversity, and social justice research guides that include curated books, articles, videos and podcasts.
  • Create more social justice online exhibits (such as the Black Live Matter teach-in, Napkins Against Hate, and Day of Protest 2017.)
  • Promote and support the activities of the Library Diversity Committee (LDAC).
  • Host inclusive events at library such as racial healing circles and inclusive book groups.
  • Support our students, faculty and staff in the effort to create an inclusive, equitable, anti-racist community.

We know we have work to do. We must listen and educate ourselves about the experiences of people of color. Our responsibility as librarians and library staff is to treat each other with dignity and respect not only during times of crisis, but every day. This is our covenant to each other. 

Please review our online research guides (Libguides) on diversity, anti-racist resources, LGBTQ+ resources and DACA resources: 

Diversity Libguide

Black Lives Matter Movement Libguide

Anti-Racism Libguide

LGBTQ+ Libguide

DACA Libguide