Posted with permission of the author. This was from the ALA Council mailing list:
To My Esteemed Colleagues,
I have completed my first term as an ALA Councilor at Large and have begun my second term as a Councilor at Large. I serve as Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics.
We are all passionate about libraries and library services. That is one reason we are involved with our professional organization.
It is important to share our views, discuss issues, and work to improve ourselves, our libraries, our professional organization and our world. Debating the issues facing us is a healthy and necessary part of the discussion. Disparaging personal attacks are not.
I would like to share parts of the ALA Code of Ethics http://www.ala.org/tools/ethics
Ethical dilemmas occur when values are in conflict. The American Library Association Code of Ethics states the values to which we are committed, and embodies the ethical responsibilities of the profession in this changing information environment.
We significantly influence or control the selection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information. In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry, we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.
We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.
We treat co-workers and other colleagues with respect, fairness, and good faith, and advocate conditions of employment that safeguard the rights and welfare of all employees of our institutions.
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.
We strive for excellence in the profession by maintaining and enhancing our own knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of co-workers, and by fostering the aspirations of potential members of the profession.
Southern Adirondack Library System
22 Whitney Place
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-584-7300 ext 205
ALA Council at Large 2016-2018
Chair – ALA Committee on Professional Ethics
Chair – PLA Charlie Robinson Award Jury
ALA Awards Committee
ALA Special Task Force for Sustainability
PLA Leadership Committee
Chair – NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee
NYLA Continuing Education Committee
Steven K. Bowers
Sent: Jul 11, 2018 11:25 AM
From: Julie Wayland
Subject: Political agendas
I couldn't agree more, it is the sole focus of the organization. It should be dedicated to profession not another voice opining on issues that do not affect how we do our jobs or the obstacles we face daily. What is worse is that as we attempt to reach out to our patrons with the variety of services and programs we offer, the public is distracted by such things as changing the titles of certain awards.
Princeton Public Library
Sent: Jul 10, 2018 10:28 AM
From: Elizabeth McClain
Subject: Political agendas
I am dropping off this list. It has turned into a political sandbox, far away , in my opinion from what it was intended to be.
Head of Adult Services
Glencoe Public Library
320 Park Ave.
Glencoe, Il 60022