VIUSpace contains material reflecting the socio-cultural norms and prejudices of its time. Academic libraries are challenged to preserve contemporaneous expressions of ideas, not to endorse or perpetuate them, but so they may be studied and challenged in service of a more just, equitable and humane society. We recognize that VIU students, employees and library workers will encounter discriminatory, offensive and hateful representations of humanity within VIU Library collections, and that harms may occur as a result, even as we seek to anticipate and mitigate those impacts through careful work. We are committed to, and actively engaged in, ongoing and iterative work to reconcile our responsibility to support scholarly inquiry with our commitment to the safety, inclusion, equity and dignity of all persons engaging with VIU Library spaces, services and collections.
The VIU Library is committed to
Acknowledging the intersectionality of this work, and the harmful effects of LCSH terminology upon diverse groups of library user communities. Future phases of this work will consider and update subject-based terminology for describing materials on topics such as, IBPOC, women, 2SLGBTQ+, neurodiverse people, and people with disabilities.