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Core Values of Librarianship
Education and Lifelong Learning
The Public Good
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.
Intellectual Freedom Manual by
Publication Date: 2021-01-04
This indispensable resource provides day-to-day guidance on maintaining free and equal access to information for all people.
Our Enduring Values Revisited by
Publication Date: 2015-03-16
Young librarians and seasoned LIS professionals alike are experiencing increasing pressure to adjust to new economic, societal, and technological demands. Gorman reconnects readers with the core values that continue to inspire generations of library professionals and scholars while making the case that these values are doubly crucial to hold on to in the brave new shifting world of librarianship.
Sustainable Thinking by
Publication Date: 2018-01-29
Developing the capacity of public libraries to endure in the face of our ever changing world is of primary concern to public library leaders. How do we connect with our communities, remain relevant, make good use of the funds invested in our organizations and care for the people, places and things that constitute our institutions? Public libraries are uniquely positioned educational institutions; we have the ability to teach not only through our collections and programs but our choices as leaders.