If I can get my paper for LIS 7040 written, with revisions and polishing saved for tomorrow afternoon, then I will attend Sunday morning’s lecture Fighting the Flames of Hate: America’s Reaction to the Nazis Book Burning at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.

When I saw the lecture and topic posted on Facebook, via my newsfeed, I was floored as it is matches my research interest for LIS 7850 (study abroad). Even more intriguing: the lecturer, Dr. Guy Stern, is a retired professor from Wayne State University’s German studies program.

Back to the paper for LIS 7040, I am citing various points of the ALA’s Code of Ethics as rationale of the job description and subsequent hiring decision.

(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.
(4) We respect intellectual property rights and advocate balance between the interests of information users and rights holders.
(5) 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.
(6) We do not advance private interests at the expense of library users, colleagues, or our employing institutions.
(7) We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.
(8) We strive for excellence in the profession by maintaining and enhancing our own knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of co-workers, and by fostering the aspirations of potential members of the profession.

Adopted June 28, 1997, by the ALA Council; amended January 22, 2008.

Photo Credit: from HMC’s Facebook event page