The Georgia Library Association joins the American Library Association and the Black Caucus of ALA in strongly condemning systemic violence and racism against Black people and People of Color. The Georgia Library Association represents libraries and library employees of all types in Georgia: public, academic, special, and school. Libraries are not neutral. Libraries seek to provide inclusive spaces, inclusive collections, and a diverse library workforce who partner with and support their communities, particularly those who have been marginalized.
As an organization, we are committed to fighting against the historical and continued impact of racism in Georgia libraries of all types, which creates unjust barriers of access to knowledge and information. We also seek to eliminate the racism that creates unjust barriers for entry into and advancement within the library workforce.
The Georgia Library Association is committed to expanding our educational and scholarship programs intentionally to support inclusivity and racial diversity in our profession. To this end, we will create a task force that will propose specific and concrete actions that we can implement going forward.