In response to a heightened awareness of our country’s reckoning with its past and present struggle to live up to its declared ideals of justice and equality, the Desmond Fish Public Library (DFPL) has undertaken an evaluation of its longstanding traditions, policies and actions through the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion. The trustees and staff formed a Racial Equity and Social Justice (RE/SJ) Committee whose purpose was to deepen our Library’s understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion and take appropriate action to foster enhanced justice and equality both in our library and our greater community.
The Committee is comprised of Library trustees, staff, and members of the community. The committee’s overarching goal has been to strengthen our Library by engaging in a dynamic, sustainable, ongoing process that ensures DFPL continues to deepen its understanding of racial equity issues, especially as they apply to our institution and its role in our community. We want the Library to function as a welcoming, safe, accessible, and trusted space – a place where all members of our community feel valued. It is our hope that these values will be reflected throughout the library culture – in the leadership provided by our board, in the interactions between our staff and our patrons, in visual cues, in our collections and in the programs we offer.
Survey results and analysis are now available. Please refer to this press release describing the project with an overview of the results. For more in depth analysis, all are welcomed to read this Results Summary.
RESJ Committee Roster
Erik Brown, DFPL Trustee and Co-chair Hamilton Fish V, DFPL Trustee and Co-chair Dede Farabaugh, DFPL Director Ryan Biracree, DFPL Digital Services Librarian Janice Soler-Ortiz, DFPL Circulation Supervisor Eliza Fish, DFPL Trustee Kyle Good, DFPL Trustee Madeline Julian, DFPL Trustee Anita Prentice, DFPL Trustee Rich Syrek, DFPL Trustee Al Vardy, Community Member Priscilla Goldfarb, Community Member Claudine Struck, Community Member
For questions, or to aid the Racial Equity & Social Justice Committee in its work, please contact RESJ Committee liaison Ryan Biracree.