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Statement on Inclusion and Equity in Special Collections, Archives, and Distinctive Collections in the University of California Libraries

  • Author(s): Tennant, Elaine
  • Hanff, Peter
  • Miller, Kevin
  • Eagle Yun, Audra
  • Jackson, Athena N
  • Lin, Emily S
  • Williams, Cherry
  • Corey Claassen, Lynda
  • Ilieva, Polina E
  • Moon, Danelle
  • Mora, Teresa
  • et al.
Abstract

We acknowledge historical absences in library collections, including those of the University of California Libraries. We will develop practices that counteract a paradigm of racist, sexist, and white-centered collecting, description, instruction, and access. Metadata, digital exhibits, and archival descriptions in particular have disadvantaged communities of color, limited points of subject-based access, and contributed to a culture of exclusivity and inequity. We commit to immediate and enduring work to elevate the narratives, perspectives, and expertise of the marginalized: those who identify as Black, Indigenous, persons of color, immigrants, women, disabled people, and those from the LGBTQ+ communities. We recognize that this work is iterative and ongoing, inherently risky, and messy, but entirely necessary.

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