American Library Association Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping
The Oregon Library Association (OLA), Association of College and Research Libraries – Oregon (ACRL-OR) and American Library Association (ALA) have all made statements in response to Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping:
ACRL-OR statement on Executive Order No. 13950
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; and
- use our strength as a professional organization to continue to work toward our collective liberation.