Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards
Following are the ethical responsibilities of professional and volunteer community librarians towards members:
- We shall encourage and support members in their age-appropriate, independent choice of reading materials.
- We shall strive to give members access to varying points of view and ideas.
- We shall do all in our power to protect members from physical harm. (See also child safety and protection policy).
- We shall do all in our power to protect members from embarrassment or other emotional harm.
- We shall not treat members differently on the basis of their caste, race, gender, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, economic, social or cultural background, or sexual orientation: all are welcome.
- We shall treat all members equally and will avoid “special relationships” with members inside and outside the library.
- We shall not disclose personal information about members obtained in the course of library work unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law. (See also social media guidelines).
Following are the ethical responsibilities of professional and volunteer community librarians towards the communities we work in:
- We shall be respectful of the values, beliefs and customs of the parents of our members and the diverse communities we operate in.
- We recognize the importance of the parents of our student library members and commit to be respectful to them at all times.