The Hartland Public Library acknowledges and will work to dismantle systemic racism and is committed to achieving equity, understanding this is an ongoing process.
HPL pledges continuation of ongoing work to meet these ends and welcomes new opportunities and partners to build a Hartland community that is healthy and supportive for everyone. This commitment is endorsed and led by the library’s leadership.
In a strong act of commitment to a more equitable society, 188 public libraries across North America have signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity. The Hartland Public Library Board of Trustees voted (July 2020) to sign the ULC’s Statement on Race and Social Equity to show the library’s commitment to the goal of achieving race and social equity in our public library.
ULC Statement on Race and Social Equity
As leaders of North America’s public libraries, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. Our libraries can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic and transformative library-community partnership. Our library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities we serve by:
Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies and practices
Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect both in our library systems and in all aspects of our community role
Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice
Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges
Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities
Libraries are trusted, venerable and enduring institutions, central to their communities and an essential participant in the movement for racial and social equity.