Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

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Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Sundry Snippets. Send Us Your Contributions!

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LIBRARIES: AN AMERICAN VALUE March 1998 Draft

Libraries in America, whether they are public or special, academic or school, are a cornerstone of the communities they serve and are essential to the preservation of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Libraries provide the ideas, resources, and information imperative for education, work, recreation, and self-government.

Libraries are a legacy to today's generation, offering them the heritage of the past and the promise of the future. To ensure that libraries flourish and have the freedom to promote the public good in the 21st century, we believe certain principles must be guaranteed.

To that end, we affirm this contract with the people we serve:

We defend the constitutional rights of individuals to obtain and use the library's resources;

We value our nation's diversity and strive to offer its benefits through developing and providing resources and services to the communities we serve;

We support the rights of all individuals, including children and young adults, to determine which resources are appropriate and necessary for themselves;

We respect the responsibility of all parents to guide their own children's use of the library and its resources and services;

We connect people and information by assisting each person in identifying and effectively using resources;

We protect each individual's privacy and confidentiality in the use of library resources and services;

We protect the rights of individuals to express their concerns about library resources and services;

We celebrate and preserve our democratic society by providing opportunities for all individuals to become educated, culturally enriched and informed. …

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