Recently, I was teaching a privacy class for librarians, and the topic turned to the privacy versus convenience trade-off—the occasional annoyances of using privacy-enhancing technologies online.
Via Ken Haigh
Speakers came from London, Mississauga and Quebec to offer support for local striking librarians but it was an articulate retired social worker who stole the show Thursday.
Sandra Kyle asked to speak near the end of a rally to support the striking members of CUPE 2974 held on the lawn of the Essex Civic Centre.
“I hope that our librarians will begin to receive the respect and just the common decency from people in our community and from their employers,” Kyle said to cheers from the crowd. “I don’t know that their employers recognize the value of their work.”
Kyle said she goes to the library in either Tecumseh or Lakeshore every other day.
“I have never stopped reading and researching and I’m looking into doing some publishing,” the 69-year-old said. “The librarians, they’ll understand you because they take the time to do that.”
ALA Library Code of Ethics Statement V: 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.
The introduction of technology into our libraries and schools has given an interesting twist to our collegial relationships. We as librarians have one role that has grown in importance, staff trainer, and another that has grown in complexity, staff watchdog.
ALA Library Code of Ethics Statement III: 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.
Privacy issues are a hot-button topic as citizens become more aware of how easily technology can gather, hold and analyze personal data and how increasingly their own online activities can be monitored. As a society, we are weighing our individual need for privacy against our need for security and convenience. Schools reflect the societal concerns and the librarian is often placed in an advisory or even decision-making position regarding privacy issues.
The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations.
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.
In the wake of the shooting in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on the night of June 12, which killed 49 people and injured 53 others, library administration and staff, organizations and vendors have stepped up with statements of solidarity, offers of help, and opportunities to join forces with the GLBT and Latinx communities—the shooting occurred during Pulse's Latin night—to mourn those killed and wounded.
In the early to mid twentieth century, the majority of the city’s libraries had live-in superintendents. Like the superintendents who still live in many of the city’s residential buildings, these caretakers both worked and lived in the buildings for which they were responsible. This meant that for decades, behind the stacks, meals were cooked, baths and showers were taken, and bedtime stories were read. And yes, families living in the city’s libraries typically did have access to the stacks at night—an added bonus if they happened to need a new bedtime book after hours.
At North Carolina State University Libraries, under the stewardship of LJ Mover & Shaker Jason Evans Groth, the belief is that harnessing the power of imagery and sound to build on research is important. “A well-organized non-written piece of communication about research in which we’re invested hasn’t lost any value,” says Groth, User Experience Librarian for Digital Media. “If anything, it’s more valuable — and research is just one person’s daydream unless it’s accessible.”
The best we have to offer is not on the net." Voor veel archivarissen een regelmatige verzuchting - een verwijt bijna - richting onderzoekers die niet verder zoeken dan Google diep gaat, voor Brewster Kahle een overduidelijke call to action, een aansporing om te starten met scannen. Deze digitale bibliothecaris en oprichter van Internet Archive werkt al meer dan 25 jaar aan een heel helder doel: universal access to all knowledge. Dat die boodschap bibliothecarissen en archivarissen moet aanspreken, daarvan getuigt het motto free to all, dat al jaren boven de entree van de Boston Public Library prijkt, zoals Kahle ons voorhield tijdens zijn keynote voor het jubileumcongres van de KVAN.
ALA Library Code of Ethics Statement IV: We recognize and respect intellectual property rights.
It’s hard to remember, but intellectual property theft existed prior to electronic cutting and pasting, peer-to-peer music sharing services, and free term paper sites. It’s just that the speed, availability, and ease with which property can be copied have all led to greater instances of piracy, plagiarism, and even disdain for copyright laws.
ALA Library Code of Ethics Statement II: We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources. Technology has opened floodgates of information into schools, primarily by way of the Internet. Along with marvelous resources on topics of curricular and personal interest, the flotsam and sewage of the Internet has become readily available as well. Materials and ideas that had been in the past physically inaccessible to students now can be viewed at the click of mouse button.
CHENNAI: More than 140 public libraries in Chennai are battling for survival. However, none of the political parties has promised to revive these knowledge centres in accordance with the modern standards. Many book lovers and librarians want e-books and internet facility in all the libraries for the benefit of poor people. "We can't find any useful books in any of the city libraries. It will be good if the authorities provided four-five computers in each library with internet facility. This will also help several people who are otherwise dependent on private internet cafeteria" says P Balu, a resident in Saidapet.
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