Texas’ taxpayer-funded State Library and Archives Commission removed a Library Management and Equity Consultant job listing from their website last week, citing the need to ensure that the position aligns with state policies.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission previously uploaded this job posting to help public libraries across the state “implement equitable and inclusive services.”

Although seemingly innocuous, “equity” is commonly associated with critical race theory, and activists often use the term to push for equal outcomes instead of equal opportunities.

The state agency is supposed to support “the reading, learning, and historical preservation needs of Texas and its people” by preserving archives, assisting public libraries, and helping other state agencies maintain public records. The commission also provides continuing education opportunities for library employees at all levels, including school librarians.

The job posting asked applicants, “Are you enthusiastic about supporting public library directors and managers as they develop their skills to implement equitable policies, programs, and services?” The position would have paid anywhere from $5,100 to $5,600 per month and offered up to 17 days of public holidays, including LBJ Day and Cesar Chavez Day.

The state agency was also searching for applicants with experience in “EDIA,” or equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Late last week, after citizens raised concerns over the position’s inclusion of CRT principles, the agency removed the position from its Career Opportunities page.

In a statement to Texas Scorecard, the agency said they removed the job listing for “revision” to ensure that the position does not violate any Texas state policies. They also said that if the job posting returns to the website, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” responsibilities will not be featured.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is a taxpayer-funded public agency overseen by the state of Texas. Led by Chair Martha Wong, all seven board members were appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate.

Katy Marshall

Katy graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.