Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Libraries are dedicated to the principles and practices of social justice, diversity, and equality among our staff, collections, and services. As part of the efforts to further and enable the opportunities for education, benefit the good of the public, and inform citizens, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries commit ourselves to doing our part to end the many forms of discrimination that plague our society. In coordination with campus efforts, the Libraries are moving forward with the approved recommendations for action that were developed as part of the UW–Madison General Library System’s Diversity Task Force Recommendations Report, November 2, 2015.

The UW–Madison Libraries will continue to look for ways to eliminate undue hardship for the patrons who use our collections, services, and facilities. We will continue to work to ensure we provide welcoming and inclusive surroundings for all who wish to take advantage of our spaces and services. Actions meant to hurt, alienate, or divide this community will not be tolerated. We strive to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive work place.

The UW–Madison Libraries abide by and support the American Library Association’s (ALA) Bill of Rights. The ALA affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that six basic policies should guide their services. A history of the Library Bill of Rights is found in the latest edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual.

Although the Articles of the Library Bill of Rights are unambiguous statements of basic principles that should govern the service of all libraries, questions do arise concerning application of these principles to specific library practices. See the documents designated by the Intellectual Freedom Committee as Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights.

For additional information or to contact the Libraries, you are encouraged to email or call 608-262-3193.

The following pages include the signatures of individuals offering their support for this statement, including the General Library System’s Executive Group and the Library Coordinating Council (LCC).

Library Executive Group

Lisa Carter, Chair
Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian

Nancy Graff Schultz
Director, Administration

Lee Konrad
Associate University Librarian, Technology Strategies and Data Services

Lesley Moyo
Associate University Librarian, Public Services

Doug Way
Associate University Librarian, Collections and Research Services

Library Coordinating Council (LCC)

Matt Blessing
State Historical Society Library

Lisa Carter, Chair
Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian

Christopher Hooper-Lane
Director, Ebling Library

Anna Lewis
School of Education Co-CIO and MERIT co-Director

Bonnie Shucha
Director, Law Library