Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement
The vision of the Wicomico County Public Libraries is "to be an inclusive and welcoming institution meeting the diverse needs of its communities.”
As trusted centers of learning in the life of our community, Wicomico Public Libraries serve a unique role in promoting understanding, cooperation, and civility. We provide resources and access to information for all and foster opportunities for understanding our diverse society. Our role is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and respectful conversations about social equity in our community and broader society. We are committed to these principles in all facets of our work: through our programs, collections, methods of community outreach, partnerships, displays, and recruiting and employment practices.
In the spirit of upholding our vision, we therefore recognize the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion and are committed to educating ourselves and the community on these topics. The Library strives to be an equitable, diverse, and inclusive resource for people of all ages, all cultural backgrounds, all ethnicities, all national origins, all races, all religions, and for all people whatever their sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, political belief, or veteran status. The Library is committed to serving and providing equal access to people with disabilities and to people in our community who speak languages other than English.
The Library believes that "statement without action accomplishes nothing"; therefore, we commit to:
We recognize the past and existing systemic racial injustices experienced by people of color:
In addition, the Wicomico Public Libraries supports the Maryland Library Association's Statement Against Racism.
We recognize that there is no “finish line,” but rather a continuous process of teaching, learning, and striving towards equity, diversity, and inclusion.
By adopting this statement, Wicomico Public Libraries staff and the Board of Trustees pledge to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in our culture, policies, and practices.