According to the almighty American Library Association (ALA) ALA Code of Ethics, “We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.”
On the surface, this statement makes sense; I don’t tell people whom I’m voting for, and I certainly don’t tell people about my little “Kindle issue.” Still, there’s the sticky issue of library advocacy.
So, I cannot tell a patron my opinion of a politician, even if this elected official is antilibrary? Also, how does this code of ethics interact with the prolibrary advocacy movement and, just as an example, the Save the Library campaigns popping up all over the country? Do I get to fight for my library’s existence in all venues?
1. Librarians take care of libraries, which are still invaluable today.
2. Not all information is on the internet.
3. Older books still hold great cultural significance.
4. Libraries are still repositories for some of the most valuable works of literature in the world.
5. Even with the internet, the library is still the best place to do research.
6. Girls with glasses can still rock the “sexy librarian” look. 7. “Sexy Librarian” is still a popular costume at Halloween.
8. You can’t exactly find periodicals like The New England Journal of Medicine in Barnes and Noble.