Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Unmuzzle Us!

Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Unmuzzle Us!

Article excerpt

John N. Berry ("Don't be muzzled by fears about your job or your career," Library Journal, 5/i5/04) has been lucky. Despite being "controversial," he survived. Even prospered. However, as documented by Stephen Carney in the Fall 2003 Journal of Information Ethics ("Democratic communication and the library as workplace") and by me in Unabashed Librarian, no. i25 ("Not in my library!") and "Inside" censorship ("Workplace repression," sanfordberman.org), many of our colleagues are not so lucky.

A firm ALA commitment to free speech in the workplace would surely help to unmuzzle otherwise fearful library sta∂. In i999, such a formal commitment was proposed as an amendment to the Library Bill of Rights, but was referred by the ALA Council to the oblivion of the Ethics Committee. Perhaps now, in 2005, it is time to resurrect that a[double dagger]rmation of free speech not just for writers, artists, and performers, but also for US. …

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