SCLA Statement on Censorship

The South Carolina Library Association stands behind the South Carolina Association of School Libraries. We support and adopt their statement on censorship, the Freedom to Read, and support of School Libraries. We support school librarians and their ability to select materials based on their training and professional expertise.

It is important now more than ever to stand against censorship and the removal of books or other materials from libraries. Librarians are professionals who have undergone specific training in the selection and acquisition of library materials. They follow collection development policies to aid in the selection of academic and leisure books. SCLA supports the principles of intellectual freedom and believes that all users, regardless of age, have a right to access library materials, services, and facilities. Parents of minors have the right to set restrictions for their own children, but no person or group should have the right to deny access to other children. 

  • SCLA Executive Committee

 2021 Lifetime Members

The following retirees have been approved by the Executive Board for Honorary Membership in the Association

Joyce Durant – Past President – Francis Marion University
Yvonne Davis – Past President – Francis Marion University
Quincy Pugh – Past President, Former Treasurer – Richland Library
Faith Line – Past President – Anderson County Public Library
Terrye Conroy – USC School of Law
Nonie Price – USC School of Library & Information Science
Dr. Curtis Rogers – Past President - SC State Library
Tom Gilson – Past President – College of Charleston

Statements of Solidarity from RAAC and SCLA

Statement of Solidarity
Submitted by
Gerald B. Moore, Chair, Roundtable for African-American Concerns, SCLA

June 8, 2020

The Roundtable for African-American Concerns (RAAC) of South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) stands in solidarity with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all people of color. Like BCALA with whom we stand, RAAC seeks to dismantle oppressive systems that continue to deny equal access, equal rights, and deter the advancement and uplifting of our African-American community. The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Dominique Clayton are the latest in a long, treacherous history of violence against African-Americans in the United States.

As we reflect on this history while in the midst of peaceful protests and uprisings occurring across the nation, we are committed to using our platform to help library workers, library users, and the members of the communities we serve to eradicate racism and its offspring of injustice.

Racism is dehumanizing to everyone it touches. Beyond the actions of individuals, racism is embedded in the very fabric of our society.

We must use diversity, inclusion, and acceptance as the guiding principles in the fight to end acts of prejudice, racial bias, threats of violence, and even blatant killing based solely on a person’s race or ethnicity.

RAAC urges the Executive Board of SCLA and SCLA members to join them in condemning the systemic and systematic oppression of Black people and people of color. We stand with everyone who is actively fighting against repressive systems and we offer our support to those organizing proactive ways to combat racism.


Statement from the SCLA Executive Committee

June 11, 2020

The SCLA Executive Committee stands in full support of the statements put forth by the Roundtable for African American Concerns and the BCALA, and unequivocally joins them in “condemning the systemic and systematic oppression of Black people and people of color.”

Additionally, our profession and association have a responsibility to not only acknowledge the prejudices and racial biases in our own institutions, but to actively work to overthrow them. Racism and racist policies imbued the very start of libraries in America, and while it is convenient to think that the mere passage of time has eliminated it, the events of the past few weeks show that to not be true. If we are being honest with ourselves, it has persisted because we simply tried to ignore it. White supremacy and anti-Black state-sanctioned violence are alive and well all around the world.

We urge you to join us in condemning systemic and systematic injustice endured by Black people and people of color, and to actively work to promote a culture of anti-racism at home, at work, and in every aspect of our lives. Moreover, we urge you to tell us what you are going to do about it, and what we can do about it together. This is only where we begin.

Statement from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association:



Support for You and Your Library

Your membership supports SCLA’s aggressive and productive efforts in the state and nationally to assure that South Carolina’s libraries are well-funded and maintain their national standing as the very best. 

We are a state chapter of the American Library Association (ALA) and an affiliate of the Southeastern Library Association (SELA).  The association is made of librarians from all around our state South Carolina dedicated to providing innovative services and promoting libraries and intellectual freedom to all our citizens including the public, as well as those in higher education and in our schools.

The Benefits of Membership

  • Support for you and your library
  • Grow your career and skills
  • Stay informed
  • Opportunities for involvement and networking
  • Access to services for you, your library, and your community 



2021 SCLA Scholarship for Diversity Recipients

Anthony Willis

Michael Brown

Randy Heath

Ashley McCants

Elexis Thompson

Mattie Denise Thompson-Long


SCLA Continuing Education Webinars

View all previous webinars on the SCLA YouTube Channel

To submit a webinar proposal, go to: