The State of Maryland Task Force for Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries mission is to promote and support diversity and inclusion in all Maryland libraries by:
• Encouraging affirmation, respect, inclusion, and understanding of all library patrons and staff
• Providing education to increase awareness of the different dimensions of diversity
• Sharing resources concerning best practices for creating inclusive environments
This taskforce was formed in 2018 in response to a need to bring together library staff from all types of libraries throughout the state to discuss and share best practices and strategies for promoting and supporting diversity and inclusive practices throughout the state. After two years of collecting and discussing information about the needs of various information professionals, it was decided that a repository of resources would be the best approach for gathering and sharing resources. This repository will be maintained by the members of the taskforce as well as members of the Maryland Library Association's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Interest Group.