The following letter has been sent to Dr. Caron. Online version available on our Advocacy blog at: http://apladev.ca/?q=advocacy
Open Letter regarding Library and Archives Canada Code of Conduct
Dear Dr. Caron:
The Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) represents approximately 400 personal and institutional members drawn from public, academic, school, and special libraries throughout the region. Our members are extremely concerned about the newly created Library and Archives Canada Code of Conduct, the impacts of which have been discussed at length by our membership.
In fellowship with the Canadian Library Association and the member institutions of The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada, we strongly urge you to reconsider this policy which severely limits the freedom of expression and professional development opportunities of the staff of our National Library.
This Code of Conduct undermines the ability of Librarians and information professionals to continue in their important efforts to extend and promote library services to Canadians by limiting or eliminating their possibilities for teaching and public speaking. Libraries across this country are respected and valued institutions that help to create safer, healthier and more affluent communities for Canadians to enjoy. We believe Library and Archives Canada should be leading the way in library promotion by encouraging professional development and public interaction by its employees, rather than hindering those activities.
We strongly urge you to reconsider this Code, for the sake of our profession and the for the sake of the important services that our libraries offer to the citizens of Canada.