On August 16, 2018, the Daniel Boone Regional Library Board of Trustees adopted and signed these principles of community.
The Daniel Boone Regional Library is a public library committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion in its service to its communities. We recognize that to create an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community we must understand and value both our individual differences and collective similarities. Therefore, we adopt and practice the following principles as fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members:
We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and our organizations. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity. We reject all forms of unlawful prejudice and discrimination, including those based on race, color, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, age, religion, national origin, citizenship, diverse ability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service or affiliation, genetic information or veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.
We pledge our commitment to incorporate these principles in the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s mission and strategic plan.