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Directors Do It All: Core Values

Core Values of Librarianship

Access
Confidentiality/Privacy
Democracy
Diversity
Education and Lifelong Learning
Intellectual Freedom
The Public Good
Preservation
Professionalism
Service
Social Responsibility
Sustainability

In Practice

Sometimes the core values of librarianship can seem theoretical, but we use them everyday.

When we eliminate fines or add weekend hours, we are increasing access by reducing the number of roadblocks patrons may encounter when trying to use library resources.

When we build and maintain a balanced and diverse collection that reflects a variety of topics and viewpoints, we are supporting intellectual freedom.

When we recycle weeded books, make our buildings more energy efficient, or reduce our reliance on plastic in children's programs, we are practicing sustainability.

Additional Resources

Library Bill of Rights

Freedom to Read Statement

For more information about core values, check out this page from the American Library Association.

Check out the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom YouTube channel

Professional Reading