The State Library of North Carolina, in partnership with the North Carolina Library Association’s Round table on ethnic and minority concerns and with consultation from Dr. Love Jones of Interwoven Consulting, created the Racial Equity in Libraries Toolkit.
The North Carolina State Library recognizes that deeper learning about bias, structural racism, and racism in libraries is essential to advancing the profession to create truly diverse and inclusive institutions. Available to all library staff statewide through the SLNC Niche Academy, the Racial Equity in Libraries Toolkit was created to increase awareness and knowledge about structural racism in the United States, North Carolina, and within the library profession. The interactive nature of this toolkit makes it a unique tool in the world of public libraries.
“We are thrilled that the Racial Equity Toolkit has come to fruition,” said Cotina Jones, Director of Library Development. “The toolkit will be useful to all libraries in North Carolina as they address diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within their organizations.”
This project was made possible by funding from the Federal Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-246155-OLS-20). Questions regarding the toolkit can be directed to [email protected].