An Open Letter to the University of Utah Libraries, Its Libraries, and Its Community
— In the aftermath of the tragic death of the nation’s first Black president, many libraries have taken on new and unique roles in the fight against racism.
On March 25, 2018, University of Alabama Libraries (UAL) and Auburn University Libraries (AUB) joined forces to create a new chapter of UAL’s library network and support and educate the Black community.
This initiative is a reflection of our deep concern for our communities and the Black library community and the work our partners are doing to address the needs of the Black American community.
“The libraries we support have been and continue to be a source of support to our community and serve the needs and interests of our communities,” said Dr. Mark H. Harris, director of UALS Black Studies Program and director of Auburn Libraries Black and Women’s Studies Program.
“They serve as a source and community hub where they share resources and information to help our communities heal, build, and prosper.
We are grateful for the partnership UAL and Auburn Libraries have had with us.”
In a press release, UAL Libraries said that the partnership “is designed to empower African American and Afro-American library patrons to be the voices and leaders they want to be in their communities and across the United States.”
“It is a place where we share resources, learn about our communities, and engage with our community in the hopes that we can help to change our lives and the lives of others,” said Halleen Jones, a UAL library staff member and part-time library patron.
“We believe that every library is an opportunity for our community to build and thrive in a way that is inclusive and empowering for all.”
UAL has over 300 branches in the state, as well as a large library network of more than 600 libraries across the state.
“Our community is so connected and connected in many ways that we need each other, we need the library,” said Jones.
“That’s what we’re doing here.
We’re not doing it for the money.
We want to make sure that we’re helping people in our community.
We don’t want to lose our community.”
AUB’s library is home to a large African American community and has been the target of numerous acts of violence.
“Auburn Libraries has a strong commitment to its community,” said Harris.
“It was one of the first African American universities to open its doors in the ’50s, and our African American students and alumni are a core part of our community,” added Jones.
UAL, meanwhile, has long been a leader in the Black libraries movement.
“I think our library system has been a huge contributor to the Black lives that we know, because we’re a part of the library system and it’s part of who we are,” said Smith.
We know that a library is a way for people to connect to each other. “
So we want to help the library, and that’s why we’re working with the universities and our partners, and what we’ve learned through this partnership is that libraries are a very effective way to build trust and connect our communities.
We know that a library is a way for people to connect to each other.
They’re a place to feel safe.
They have a sense of belonging.”
This collaboration is part of a larger partnership between the libraries and their communities that includes the UAB Black History Museum, the Auburn Library’s Women’s and African American Studies Program, and the University Libraries Black Studies Initiative.
These libraries are working together to bring together African Americans and African Americans-in-education to create learning experiences for all students.
UAB’s library and the Auburn libraries’ libraries are also working to educate Black people in the library community about the benefits of Black libraries, particularly for students of color.
The UAB and Auburn libraries are part of an initiative to make Black libraries accessible and welcoming to all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, or disability.
“This is an important partnership between our libraries and our community, and it is a tremendous opportunity for both of us to make the most of our libraries to provide the best learning experiences to our students,” said University of California, Los Angeles, Black Studies Professor Tariq Khan.
“With this partnership, we are creating a shared space where students can access Black and Black-owned books in a safe and nurturing environment.
The Auburn Library and UAL libraries are making libraries accessible to all people regardless of their background, ability, or socioeconomic status.
In addition to providing access to library materials for students, UAB Libraries and Auburn are partnering to educate and serve people with disabilities. “
These are not just Black libraries,” said Khan.
In addition to providing access to library materials for students, UAB Libraries and Auburn are partnering to educate and serve people with disabilities.
“When we were creating our library, we realized we