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4.2 Who decides the attitudes, policies and actions of libraries?




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This article is from the Libraries FAQ, by Anthony Wilson paw@iglou.com with numerous contributions by others.

4.2 Who decides the attitudes, policies and actions of libraries?

For those in the thick of writing Internet access guidelines, there is
a comprehensive policy site for public libraries compiled by Jeff
Radford: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/library/poli.htm

From the Libraries FAQ v 1.2 by Steve Bergson:

It depends on who you ask. Librarians will proudly tell you that,
being professionals, they make independent judgments based on sound,
ethical principles. They will flaunt the infamous Library Bill of
Rights (adopted 1948; revised 1961, 1967 and 1980) to prove it. The
sad truth is that librarians have often been caught between their
professional principles and nonprofessional antagonists. One type of
antagonist is the library board member/politician seeking to gain easy
publicity or to win votes at the expense of the library, its staff or
its patrons. The other type of antagonist is the narrow-minded patron
who insists that his/her opinion (on policy, book selection, hiring,
etc.) is decisive because it is his/her library (this particularly is
a problem in tax-supported and public libraries). See, Family Friendly
Libraries, http://www.fflibraries.org/ and the article:
Schweinsburg, Jane D. "Family Friendly Libraries vs. the American
Library Association" _Journal of Information Ethics_ Fall 1997: 75-87.

 

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