Answered By: Daniel Hendrix
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2014     Views: 75

The primary goal of librarians is to curate and preserve information; to educate the populations they serve based on a tenant known as information literacy; and create resources that make it easier to find and search for information.

Additionally, the American Library Association's (ALA) Code of Ethics gives a good guiding light for the work librarians do. In part, it states the following 7 items which apply to librarians, library staff, and other library workers:

  1. 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.
  2. We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources.
  3. We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.
  4. We respect intellectual property rights and advocate balance between the interests of information users and rights holders.
  5. 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.
  6. We do not advance private interests at the expense of library users, colleagues, or our employing institutions.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

If you need more specific information, you can browse the ALA website or contact our either of our Reference Desks to speak with a librarian. Our numbers are below.

MMC Green Library Reference: (305) 348-2454

BBC Hubert Library Reference: (305) 919-5726


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