NEWS RELEASE

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners stands with
all who condemn racism and work for racial justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 09, 2020
Celeste Bruno
Communications Director
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners stands with all who condemn racism and work for racial justice. We believe that Black lives matter.

Libraries are civic anchors, committed to access for all and strengthening bonds within and across communities. We stand firmly with all who battle the inequality, brutality, and failures of justice that have been laid upon Black Americans for centuries. We stand unequivocally for equity, justice, and opportunity. That said, libraries cannot stand solely on ideals. Libraries must find ways to encourage more diversity in our profession and recognize privilege in our everyday lives. We must listen to the communities that we serve and create opportunities for learning and action.

The United States of America can be the land of opportunity only when there is opportunity and justice for every member of society. We must speak out when there is injustice, but our words will mean little if they are not followed by action. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners pledges to make racial and social justice integral and ongoing in our services and programs.

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About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.