Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County
Resolution on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
On June 2, 2020, the Governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine stated, “There is racism in Ohio. There is
inequality in Ohio. There are both economic and health disparities in Ohio. I am seeking dialogue to
solve these problems. We should all be outraged that in the year 2020 in Ohio and across our Nation,
there is still inequality of opportunity and racism.”
The American Library Association defines Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for libraries…
“”Equity” takes difference into account to ensure a fair process and ultimately, a fair outcome.
Equity recognizes that some groups were (and are) disadvantaged in accessing educational and
employment opportunities and are, therefore, underrepresented or marginalized in many
organizations and [communities]. Equity, therefore, means increasing diversity by ameliorating
conditions of disadvantaged groups.
“Diversity” can be defined as the sum of ways that people are both alike and different. When
we recognize, value, and embrace diversity, we are recognizing, valuing, and embracing the
uniqueness of each individual.
“Inclusion” means an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; are
valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; have equal access to resources
and opportunities; and can contribute fully to the [community’s] success.”
The State Library of Ohio guides Ohio public libraries further…
“The State Library of Ohio believes the highest quality of library services should be available and
accessible to all people in the state. We acknowledge that past and present inequity and
systemic discrimination have excluded many from the wide range of benefits provided by
libraries. Eliminating exclusions to universal, equitable library services demands the recognition,
understanding and prioritizations of the history, perspectives, and aspirations of all people. The
“all” includes, and is not limited to, people of every racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation,
economic, educational, geographic, and disability status. Library service will be improved when
the community we serve is represented in our work.”
Based on this guidance from the leaders of the Ohio library world, the Public Library of Steubenville and
Jefferson County Board of Trustees reaffirms the library’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
with the following resolution:
WHEREAS Public libraries are a trusted and welcoming place and have a rich history of combating
censorship, reflecting our communities, and striving toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in
our collections, resources, buildings, and staff.
WHEREAS Public libraries provide equitable access to information for ALL people regardless of race,
socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, educational background, or disability status.
WHEREAS, The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has created strong partnerships with
numerous community organizations representing diverse individuals and groups and continues to seek
out new partnerships.
WHEREAS The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County provides lifelong learning
programming for all ages to enrich and enhance our understanding of our world.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County
reaffirms our commitment as an institution which values not merely freedom of speech but a
commitment to the truth, democracy, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Adopted this 16th day of August 2022.