Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105603
Title:
Academic Library Code of Ethics
Author:
Nelson, Shawn T.
Citation:
Academic Library Code of Ethics 2003-11,
Issue Date:
Nov-2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105603
Submitted date:
2004-04-20
Abstract:
This Code of Ethics intends to promote activism on the part of the librarian to advance intellectual freedom and access issues to the community. Libraries are in danger. The danger lies in a few specific areas: in the accessibility of information via the Internet so people do not feel they need to come to a library for information; privacy violations by the government in the name of security; low pay which drives potential librarians to the private sector in search of higher paying jobs; a sense of atrophy in the administration of libraries; rising costs and the corporatization of libraries; and the pressure to compete with retail bookstores in customer service and other quantifiable measures. (Roberto and West, 2003) Librarians must do whatever they can, no matter how small or large the contribution, to fight for their rights and the rights of patrons. Activism is most commonly believed to be picketing, marching, and petitioning; things that are seen on the nightly news. But librarians can be activists on a much more simple level. By becoming a member of every organization in their particular field, reading as much related material as possible, and simply being aware of what is going on in our profession, librarians can become a much more powerful group of professionals.
Type:
Other
Language:
en
Keywords:
Libraries; Library Science; Academic Libraries
Local subject classification:
academic; code of ethics; ethics; librarian; ALA; ACRL; freedom

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorNelson, Shawn T.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2004-04-20T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:28:10Z-
dc.date.issued2003-11en_US
dc.date.submitted2004-04-20en_US
dc.identifier.citationAcademic Library Code of Ethics 2003-11,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105603-
dc.description.abstractThis Code of Ethics intends to promote activism on the part of the librarian to advance intellectual freedom and access issues to the community. Libraries are in danger. The danger lies in a few specific areas: in the accessibility of information via the Internet so people do not feel they need to come to a library for information; privacy violations by the government in the name of security; low pay which drives potential librarians to the private sector in search of higher paying jobs; a sense of atrophy in the administration of libraries; rising costs and the corporatization of libraries; and the pressure to compete with retail bookstores in customer service and other quantifiable measures. (Roberto and West, 2003) Librarians must do whatever they can, no matter how small or large the contribution, to fight for their rights and the rights of patrons. Activism is most commonly believed to be picketing, marching, and petitioning; things that are seen on the nightly news. But librarians can be activists on a much more simple level. By becoming a member of every organization in their particular field, reading as much related material as possible, and simply being aware of what is going on in our profession, librarians can become a much more powerful group of professionals.en_US
dc.format.mimetypetext/htmlen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectLibrariesen_US
dc.subjectLibrary Scienceen_US
dc.subjectAcademic Librariesen_US
dc.subject.otheracademicen_US
dc.subject.othercode of ethicsen_US
dc.subject.otherethicsen_US
dc.subject.otherlibrarianen_US
dc.subject.otherALAen_US
dc.subject.otherACRLen_US
dc.subject.otherfreedomen_US
dc.titleAcademic Library Code of Ethicsen_US
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