Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee to the Library Board
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Committee to the Sun Prairie Public Library Board is made up of non-voting community members appointed by Sun Prairie Public Library Board. The committee provides recommendations to the Library Board, Library Policy Committee, Library Facilities Committee, and Library Strategic Planning Committee through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
DEI Advisory Committee Members
We are guided by a commitment to advance equity, honor our diverse identities, and create an inclusive culture for all. These serve as our guiding principles every day in all that we do.
The Sun Prairie Public Library is embarking on an exciting new phase. The current building is over 20 years old and a 2018 Architectural Analysis determined the facility is undersized for our growing community. In addition, the current space is lacking in features to meet 21st century public library service needs. Most importantly, the library’s expansion and renovation will include spaces and services to meet the needs and goals of residents representing all dimensions of identity.
The DEI Advisory Committee works closely with the Library Board and Library Board Committees to help identify and prioritize inclusive services and the policies, spaces and features necessary to meet our community’s needs and goals as it relates to these services.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the DEI Committee is to advise the Library Board in all areas of their work, using the lens of the guiding principles to ensure that the needs, interests, and goals of all residents are included. The Library Board includes additional committees that regularly review the library’s policies, strategic plan, and facilities as part of their advocacy work.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities and composition of the committee are outlined in the Sun Prairie Public Library’s Bylaws and are as follows:
a. Composed of a minimum of five members to include a minimum of three Sun Prairie residents, one library staff member, and one library board trustee. This is not a Library Board position.
b. Understand and advocate for inclusive library services and resources.
c. Provide opportunities for staff training in issues of diversity and inclusion.
d. Set annual goals and assess activities for the committee.
e. Assess diversity, equity and inclusion activities and make recommendations to the Library Board in a timely manner.