Condemning Racism & Violence: Libraries Respond

Library Dean Robin Crumrin to ISU Library staff, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 12:42pm:

Our students are returning next week. The reprehensible events in Charlottesville, Virginia may be a part of the conversations they will want to have with faculty and staff. The statement I am including from Jim Neal, American Library Association President, represents my feelings on those inexcusable events. As Jim says, as a library community, ‘we must continue to support the creation of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society.’ I am proud to be part of that library community.

STATEMENT FROM ALA PRESIDENT, JIM NEAL:

Dear Members:
The American Library Association expresses our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those lost and injured during this weekend’s protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. We will not forget their efforts to enlighten and safeguard their communities from bigotry while opposing racist, anti-immigrant, anti-GLBTQ, and anti-Semitic violence. We stand in solidarity with the people of Virginia as well as anyone who protests hate and fights for equity, diversity and inclusion.

The vile and racist actions and messages of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville are in stark opposition to the ALA’s core values. No matter the venue or the circumstance, we condemn any form of intimidation or discrimination based on culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Our differences should be celebrated, and mutual respect and understanding should serve as the norms within our society.

The ALA supports voices of hope as such actions mirror the library community’s efforts to abolish bigotry and cultural invisibility. As we recently stated, ‘we must continue to support the creation of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society,’ and we will do this through the work of our members and through resources such as Libraries Respond. *

*The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services has created Libraries Respond as a space for us to help keep current events in conversation with libraries’ ongoing work in and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This page will be a resource for the library community to share information, find resources, and connect as they serve their communities.

Link to ALA statement above  [with additional links to resources and organizations within ALA]

Library Dean Goes to Washington

National Library Legislative Day 2016/Honorable representation of Robin Crumrin

On May 3rd, I had the honor of “hitting the Hill” with over 400 library representatives from across the country. It is a personally gratifying and humbling experience to represent Indiana Libraries and be their voice.  The library advocates (from all types of libraries) spoke with legislators and their staff about four key asks:

  • CONFIRM Dr. Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress
  • SUPPORT LSTA and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Funding
  • PASS Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform
  • RATIFY the Marrakesh Treaty for the print-disabled ASAP

If you’re interested in more information you can check out the issues briefs for 2016.

– Robin Crumrin, Dean

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The Indiana Librarian Delegation for National Library Legislative Day 2016

Tara White, Robin Crumrin, Leslie Preddy, Gigi Shook, Terry Rheinheimer

Indiana librarians advocate for library funding at National Library Legislative Day

Terri Rheinheimer (Middlebury Public Library Director), Robin Crumrin (Dean of Library Services, Indiana State University), Gigi Shook (Center Grove School Librarian), Lissa Krull (Nappanee Public Library Director) and Kathy Hicks-Brooks (Ben Davis High School Librarian) met with members of Congress from May 4–5, 2015, to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 41st annual National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. The Indiana library VoteForLibraries-2015-NLLDadvocates joined several hundred librarians and library supporters to support federal funding for our nation’s libraries.

Former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) jumpstarted the event by discussing the importance of constituent advocacy at an opening briefing. Additional speakers included ALA President Courtney Young; John Carlo Bertot, co-director of the University of Maryland’s Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC); and Patrice McDermott, director of Openthegovernment.org.

During legislative meetings, supporters discussed the need to level-fund the Library Services and Technology Act, continue funding for the school library initiative Innovative Approaches to Literacy and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Library supporters who could not attend the Washington meetings connected virtually with legislators via phone calls, emails and social media platforms.

“National Library Legislative Day advocates are true ‘nation builders,’ and we are appreciative of their commitment to supporting the country’s builders, innovators and dreamers,” said Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association.

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Picture above features, left to right: Kathy Hicks-Brooks (Ben Davis High School Librarian), Devin Benavidez, Sen. Joe Donnelly’s Legislative aide, Terri Rheinheimer (Middlebury Public Library Director), Robin Crumrin (Dean of Library Services, ISU), Gigi Shook (Center Grove School Librarian), Lissa Krull (Nappanee Public Library Director).

Help Build an AWESOME Quilt for National Library Week

The ISU Library invites you to join in National Library Week activities, beginning this week with: the Library is Awesome Quilt!

Please stop by the Library this week or next. Just inside the security gates look for the table in front of the blue wall. There you will find paper squares, pens and a box. Write a word or two – or even a whole sentence –  on WHY the ISU Library is AWESOME- on a paper square. Drop it in the box.

As the squares begin to accumulate, library staff will string them together  to create a paper Quilt of Awesomeness! The more squares, the more awesomeness can be displayed. The quilt will hang in a suitable location on the Library’s 1st floor.

National Library Week runs April 12-18.