As an academic library, we collect materials from different cultures, perspectives, and time periods to preserve and make available a broad array of information and ideas. As a result, the Allen Memorial Library's collections may contain materials that our community could find offensive and/or harmful. While we strive to use appropriate, inclusive, and respectful language today, we acknowledge that harmful and outdated language or terminology exists in our catalog records. In most cases, this language will be present in older bibliographic records that were created in years and decades past.
Harmful or offensive language may appear for the following reasons:
If you encounter any language that you consider to be harmful or offensive to yourself or others, we welcome your feedback, questions, or concerns. This is an ongoing process we are committed to undertaking.
Adapted from Gustavus Adolphus College’s Harmful Language Statement and informed by ongoing conversations within our fields.
Allen Memorial Library strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome, and differences are valued and respected. We value the broad spectrum of human/social identities and strive to create and maintain a supportive atmosphere for all library users.
Per the American Libraries Association’s Library Bill of Rights, we support intellectual freedom within an environment of academic freedom and neither censor nor limit access to information while protecting the privacy of our users.
We endeavor to make the library welcoming and accessible to everyone. We intentionally create environments that provide a sense of belonging for all, from digitally accessible resources to our graphics, artwork, and physical spaces.
We believe that the library is the heart of the university, and we work to ensure Allen Memorial Library continues to grow as a site of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
For more information about diversity and inclusion at VCSU, visit the VCSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
We hereby acknowledge that the VCSU campus sits on traditional and ancestral lands of the Red Lake and Pembina bands of Ojibwe, and Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Santee Dakota peoples. This land is deeply connected to the many indigenous people who have held and continue to hold it sacred. We pledge to work toward a strong and lasting relationship with Ojibwe and Dakota tribes as well as other indigenous peoples of our region to hold this land and community in celebration of its rich cultural history.
Allen Memorial Library sits on the traditional lands of the Mdewakanton Dakota tribes and is deeply connected to the many indigenous peoples who have and continue to hold this land sacred. We acknowledge the Mdewakanton Dakota people who resided here and recognize that the spirit of the Dakota people permeates this land.