Digital Library of Georgia Statement on Potentially Harmful Content

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) shares materials from libraries, museums, and others in Georgia and the U.S. online. Our websites include historical and primary sources from many cultures and time periods. Some content (or its descriptions) may be harmful and difficult to view. These materials may be graphic or reflect biases. In some cases, they may conflict with strongly held cultural values, beliefs or restrictions.

We provide access to these materials to preserve the historical record, but we do not endorse the attitudes, prejudices, or behaviors found within them.

Please approach the materials found on these sites with respect for the cultures and people they document.

Creation of the Statement

The DLG is a member service hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DLG modeled its statement on DPLA’s. DPLA staff and its metadata working group drafted the DPLA statement. Outside experts and the network reviewed it before approval.

DLG staff simplified the statement’s language to improve its readability based on Georgia Department of Education eighth grade reading levels. Staff at GALILEO, Georgia Public Library Service, NGE, UGA Libraries, and DLG partners reviewed the draft statement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does this content come from?

The DLG partners with cultural heritage organizations across Georgia and the U.S. Together, we digitize and share historical content online for free. Each contributor shares materials with the DLG according to its specific policies and goals. We also create exhibits and primary source sets that feature our partners’ content.

What harmful or difficult content may be found in the DLG websites?
Some items may: Why does DLG make this content available?

The DLG and its partners collect, preserve, and present these materials as part of the historic record. Together, they work to balance the preservation of history with its sensitive display.

How is this material described? Why are some of the terms used harmful?

The DLG pledges to help its partners assess and update harmful descriptions.

How are the DLG and its partners addressing this issue? We are: What happens if I report harmful content?

We encourage our users to report harmful content. The DLG will forward your report to the owning institution. They will determine whether to change or remove the content. Institutions weigh potential harm, accurate preservation of the historical record, professional practices, and limited resources. The DLG will use all reports to better understand the issue and educate others.