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Library and Archives Canada Code of Conduct Followup Post 2 – Balancing

Just a short post today to note that Daniel Caron has made a public response to the outcry about the Code of Conduct. Basically he says that this is normal, “commonly applied in the public and private sector.”

The problem with this response is that as noted on Bibliocracy “This basically says ‘leave your brain and your free will at the door’.” That is a problem not just for librarians and archivists at LAC but any citizen.

Listen again to our committee chair talking about the things that it makes sense to be sensitive about information professionals disclosing. That’s where the balance of responsibility in being an information professional comes in. Despite what Caron says, this abysmal code of conduct gathers up everything a librarian could possibly say and treats it like every possible opinion is high-risk and must be cleared by superiors. If that was commonly applied in information organizations (and other settings) around this country how could anyone say we had any sorts of freedoms of expression?

One of the benefits of this terrible code of conduct being made public and getting media attention is that it might be a spur for information professionals at other organizations, in the public and private sectors, to take a look at their own organizational policies. If our codes of conduct were made public would people be outraged, like we are about LAC? These are conversations we should be having in our workplaces too and this media attention is a good excuse to do some self-reflection too.

A final note (to a post that went longer than I thought it would): Friday morning on CBC Radio’s Q, Jian Ghomeshi will be talking about LAC in his opening essay. I’m sure a lot of librarchivists will be listening.

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3 responses to “Library and Archives Canada Code of Conduct Followup Post 2 – Balancing

  1. jjackunrau March 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Only after finishing up the post did I see Kimberly Silk’s great post called Troubled Times at Library and Archives Canada. http://kimberlysilk.com/librarians/troubled-times-at-library-archives-canada/ She lays out the mandate of LAC and provides links to some of the declining services along with the current troubles. Give it a read!

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