Principles. Professional librarians.
How would individual libraries' users take up the matter
where there could be a lack of confidence in the
leadership of their public library?... Where generally
people might walk away from bureaucratic flaws, shall we
say, rather than get involved any further with a
Cluefull replies most appreciated !
At one of our Massachusetts public libraries in our
Minuteman Library Network several professional
librarians let other professional librarians know of
individual readers' book titles, transactions as a way
of characterizing the particular libraries' users'
foibles not in order to provide further library
services, as a manner of retribution or making fun of
libraries' users that might have displeased these
librarians in some way upon an encounter for a routine
Stereotyping the character of some of our public
libraries' users by the book titles, library
transactions that interest the people involved could be
stereotyped as a kind of gossipy librarian thing. Or it
could be questioned as a breach of the principles like
the Library Bill of Rights or other library service
It's one thing to provide readers with assistance by
consulting peers. It's another thing to use the book
titles transacted at our public library network as a way
to discuss the character of some of our public
In Massachusetts our Minuteman Library Network includes...