[Libs-Or] ACRL-OR statement on Executive Order No. 13950

ACRL Oregon acrlor at olaweb.org
Fri Oct 30 16:04:25 PDT 2020


On September 22, 2020, the White House issued Executive Order No. 13950 on
“Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping
The Association of College and Research Libraries/Academic Division of the
Oregon Library Association (ACRL-OR) strongly opposes Executive Order
13950. The Order has implications far beyond the federal workforce and is
antithetical to the values, missions, and goals of the ACRL-OR.

ACRL-OR is committed to progressing racial and gender equity. ACRL-OR is
committed to advocating and taking action toward creating a culture amongst
its members and their organizations that reinforces the values of equity,
diversity, and inclusion. Further, academic libraries and academic
librarians support evidence-based research, theories, and practice. The
Executive Order willfully denies the validity of a growing body of evidence
and academic research, which proves the corrosive and deep-seeded racism
endemic in the social, legal, and cultural history of the United States.

ACRL-OR will continue to:


   show up in support of racial justice

   create productive space for dialogue about systemic racism and dominant
   white culture as it applies to libraries and library workers;

   provide Oregon academic libraries with professional development and
   staff training opportunities that counteract anti-blackness, racism, and
   white supremacy culture and sex and gender discrimination in librarianship;

   use our strength as a professional organization to continue to work
   toward our collective liberation.
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