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National Day of Racial Healing LibGuide

Why the Library?

White supremacy and discrimination permeates all areas of American life and sadly, the library is no exception. Historically, there has been an inherent err on the side of neutrality within the library with regards to socially conscious practices of hiring, programming, collection development, and more. As social justice movements and racial studies have shown: there is no neutral. To believe in such a space only leaves room for oppressors or unconscious bias to move in. In light of this reality, libraries and library studies have reevaluated and restructured their approach and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion practices. In taking a more proactive approach, librarianship across the country takes action to do their part in combatting racism and racial bias as a culture. 
In this light, libraries enthusiastically promote and participate in The National Day of Racial Healing. According to their website, this day "is an opportunity for people, organizations, and communities to call for racial healing, bring people together in their shared humanity and take action together to create a more just and equitable world." The emerging fields of racially conscious librarianship dovetail perfectly with these efforts.

Why Rebecca Crown Library?


At the heart of the University is its Catholic, Dominican tradition, grounded in the compatibility of faith and reason, that affirms the dignity of the human person and concern for the common good. The University's curricula, research and campus life demonstrate a commitment to ethics, community service, social justice and global citizenship. Dominican University educates one student at a time in the company of others, engaging a multiplicity of cultural, religious and secular worldviews, transforming students, faculty and staff into agents of positive change.

The Rebecca Crown Library (RCL) is an integral part of the culture and community of Dominican University. Its mission is in harmony with the Dominican University Mission: to pursue truth, give compassionate service, and contribute to a more just and humane world. The mission of the Rebecca Crown Library mandates the academic support of students, faculty, and staff for resources and services. In addition to supplying print and electronic materials, services such as reference, circulation, interlibrary loan and instruction provide means through which the Dominican University Mission may be realized.


Librarianship and Antiracism