The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) denounces and abhors the recent acts of racist and anti-Semitic violence and hate speech that have taken place on the campus of Syracuse University. We strongly support the statement by Syracuse University Libraries and stand in solidarity with the students, faculty, and administrators who are working to make Syracuse University safe, diverse, and inclusive.
Libraries play a vital role as safe spaces on campuses and in communities—where students, faculty, and researchers explore and discover new knowledge in order to advance their studies and education. We admire and applaud our colleagues at Syracuse University Libraries who are providing continued support on-site, online, and over the phone to students, faculty, and staff during this difficult time.
ARL supports freedom of speech but we condemn all hate speech and speech used to threaten and intimidate marginalized communities. Racism, anti-Semitism, and all forms of bias are never acceptable. Embracing diversity in all its dimensions is a guiding principle of ARL. The Association of Research Libraries will continue to work and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.