Libraries and Neutrality: Is It Time for a Language Update?

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Libraries have always adapted and grown with their communities, yet some things still seem set in stone. Take for example our stance of “neutral,” which is used in most professional codes of ethics. The idea that we are neutral, or passively catering to every idea out there can evoke rage in even the most mild-mannered patrons and librarians. However, I’ve always argued that neutral in the library context doesn’t mean what it first appears to mean.Libraries strive to treat people … Read More

On Libraries, Neutrality, and the People of Earth

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While the news is filled with articles and videos about numerous neo-Nazi rallies across the country, the topic of library neutrality inevitably pops up. And this is true. Some flavor of neutrality appears in all ethical codes for library professionals. According to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’s (IFLA) Code of Ethics for Librarians and other Information Workers, “Librarians and other information workers are strictly committed to neutrality and an unbiased stance regarding collection, access and service. Neutrality … Read More

Library & Information Science News – New Mexico Libraries

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  Read Harder Challenge: Southern Asia Last year some library staff participated in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. This is a fun way to get yourself to read books out of your comfort zone! It’s also a fun challenge to participate in with friends – you can plan to read the same books, or compare the … Source: ABC ReadsPublished on 2017-01-24 An evening with David Morrell, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, Thursday, February … Read More

Library & Information Science News – New Mexico Libraries

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  Top Circulating Graphic Novels The Yellow Books, 1887 . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 18 May 2016. http://quest.eb.com/search/108_303306/1/108_303306/cite“Knowledge is like money: To be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.” ― Louis L’Amour, Education of a Wandering Man  In the library, “circulation” means … Source: ABC ReadsPublished on 2017-01-17 February First Friday – War Zone Photojournalist Join us February 3 at 7pm for CPL First Friday program with Jim … Read More

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  Skatepark Design Workshop, Thursday, January 12 at the GCCC … Source: ICARUS…the Santa Fe Public Library blogPublished on 2017-01-09By Icarus@Main City offers Free Public Workshops Breaking the Block: Artists Confront Creative Obstacles December 16, 2016 – March 3, 2017 The City of Santa Fe Arts … Source: ICARUS…the Santa Fe Public Library blogPublished on 2017-01-09By Icarus@Main Volunteer Opportunities: Part-time Librarians, National Hispanic Cultural Center – Albuquerque, NM The National Hispanic Cultural Center is looking for two volunteer, part-time librarians … Read More

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