Earlier this week, DePaul University President Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., re-affirmed the University’s strong support for all members of the DePaul community affected by the Trump Administration’s executive order on immigration. DePaul’s support for its international students, scholars, and staff is consistent with its support for its undocumented students, as well its historic commitment to being an institution of higher education open to all.
The DePaul University Library draws its commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility not just from the University, but from the core values of our profession and the Library Bill of Rights, which reminds us that “[a] person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.”
The American Library Association, the Association of College & Research Libraries, and the Society of American Archivists have all issued strong statements this week in support of our professional commitments to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access to information through our libraries. Libraries serve all members of our community, and, as ACRL noted, academic libraries play a critical role on campus as an “inclusive learning environment . . . in which diverse and divergent viewpoints can be shared and exchanged.” In these challenging times, the DePaul University Library renews its commitments to its core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as to its stated mission to “[sustain] the intellectual, creative, and social passions of our students, faculty, and staff as we work together to advance the goals of a more just, ethical, and diverse global society.”
To this end, DePaul faculty and librarians will take part in a “summit meeting” next week on libraries serving refugees and asylum seekers sponsored by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs. Later this month, the library will host a talk by James LaRue, Director of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, as part of the President’s Series on Race and Free Speech (co-sponsored by the Center for Identity, Inclusion, and Social Change).
True to its mission, the DePaul University Library will continue to be a sanctuary for all members of the DePaul community, and to build programs in partnerships with our campus colleagues in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Office of Multicultural Student Success, Center for Identity, Inclusion, and Social Change, and International Student and Scholar Services.