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ALA and ACRL release joint statement in support of HBCUs after recent bomb threats

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the ALA, issued the following joint statement in response to incidents of college bomb threats and Historically Black Universities (HBCUs):

“The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) stand in solidarity with the faculty, students, and staff of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and in particular we express our support for those whose campuses have recently received bomb threats.

“We particularly wish to reach out to our library colleagues whose libraries are the anchor of these important institutions. We regret that racism and the threat of violence continue to afflict our colleagues in higher education, places where students, faculty and workers come to learn and expand their understanding.” HBCUs do not exist as separate places. They belong to all of higher education and the hatred directed against these schools affects us all. The ALA and its more than 49,000 members, including the ACRL and its nearly 9,000 members, are united in their support of our fellow library workers at HBCUs. »

In issuing the statement, ALA and ACRL support the following statement issued by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL):

“The Association of Research Libraries strongly condemns all forms of racially-motivated violence. The recent targeting of historically black colleges and universities with bomb threats designed to silence their voices calls on all of us to speak out against the crimes racially motivated hatred. By sowing fear, intimidation and misinformation, these acts threaten the very essence of research and learning in a democratic society. As custodians of the past, present and future knowledge of humanity, we will always seek the truth represented in the multitude of contributions, accomplishments and We do this through our advocacy for the American Commission on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation; in our coalition work to establish an archive for the truth and cultural healing; in our association work on structural equity and inclusion; and in all aspects of our programs. memes and services. We take action and demand that others stand up for a fairer society. Hate-centric acts like these can never uh be acceptable.”

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the leading national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice of academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the role of the library in improving learning and access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.

About the Association of College and Research Libraries
Representing nearly 9,000 individuals and libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the largest division of the American Library Association, develops programs, products and services to help those who work in academic libraries and research to learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and building diverse and inclusive communities.

About the Association of Research Libraries
the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) a non-profit organization of 126 research libraries in Canada and the United States whose mission is to advance research, learning and scholarly communication. The Association promotes the open exchange of ideas and expertise; advances diversity, equity and inclusion; and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values ​​of the library, academic, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and achieve sustainable, barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.