Kieran Ayton and Julie Holden:
I want to remind you that you became librarians to make a difference, to uphold a core of values and that you are professionals, not neutral clerks in a library machine. It would make us feel good. Well, it would make me feel good.
But it would ignore the very real consequences of accepting that librarians, and the libraries that we build and run, are not neutral organizations. Nor will I have a philosophical debate on whether human neutrality is even possible as my colleague has already done so including citations to studies and better thinking than I am capable of.
Instead, I will make a single proposition, and ground it in the pragmatic nature of our profession. That proposition is this: Under that proposition I would add a stipulation: And if we, as librarians, do not seek to addresses those inequities as well as the shape the definitions, then we are not neutral, we are harmful and instruments of oppression.
Let me break my proposition down. First, we are professionals engaging with our community. As professionals we have an obligation, empowered by the communities we serve through charter, law, or simply a place on the organizational chart, to critically look across our communities and use our expertise and experience to further the aims of that community.
We have long ago rejected the notion that this means we treat all equally, and instead seek to serve equitably.
A poor child needs a different level of service to meet our mission than a college educated adult in terms of literacy for example. We make this decision, and then advocate for the resources to do this.
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Equity is not neutrality. If you differentiate or prioritize service in any way to those you serve, you are not neutral. Second, our profession is not a uniform set of professionals with a single point of action. We are grounded in our communities; be those communities towns, or schools, or hospitals.
We are designed that way not for efficiency, but because we believe local knowledge — of culture, of resources, of people- makes us more effective.
I have seen public libraries implement content filters to reduce police surveillance and thereby improve access and privacy. I have seen school librarians refuse to print out Wikipedia page, not because they are pre-determining the validity of the source, but because they know a Wikipedia citation will result in a failing grade for a student.
I have seen libraries organize brutal conversations on racism that have included views of white supremacists, not to ensure neutrality, but to directly counter hateful ideas. That is not neutral.
That is being part of improving the very unique community before us. You may talk about collections. There is no place more full of lies, distortions, and bias than a great academic library. Scientist strive for intellectual honesty, never neutrality.
Your age, your color, your religion, your upbringing, your education, the zip code of your place of birth have all shaped you.Smarter Libraries Through Technology: Striving for Neutral and Objective Coverage.
In my role as a journalist and analyst for the library technology industry, I aim to provide objective coverage of all the major stakeholders.
Timeline of Equal Access in Libraries. Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights () Freedom of expression is an inalienable human right and the foundation for self-government.
Freedom of expression encompasses the freedom of speech and the corollary right to receive information. Political Ethics: Keeping Your Library Neutral by Andrew on October 19, As the presidential election season endures, librarians and other information professionals in public libraries may be tempted to express fondness for one political party and dislike for the other.
To counter climate change, you need to know about climate change deniers but that doesn’t mean the collection goal was neutrality. Scientist strive for intellectual honesty, never neutrality. Here’s the crux of it: people, librarians, you, are not collections.
At the Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal’s program provided a commentary and conversation on the question of libraries as neutral organizations and librarianship as a neutral profession.
Jul 10, · Today, higher education and library organizations representing thousands of colleges, universities, and libraries nationwide released a joint set of Net Neutrality Principles they recommend form the basis of an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to protect the openness of the Internet.
The groups believe network neutrality protections are essential to .