- May 2018
Their narratives of receiving the “call” to librarianship often fall right in line with Martin Luther’s description of vocation as the ways a person serves God and his neighbour through his work in the world.
They also fall in line with things like the Hippocratic Oath, where ideals of professional ethics and norms are sworn upon entering a profession and treated as an oath in either a sacred or secular context. In a critical information literacy context, where many of our institutions within librarianship are admittedly flawed by our intrinsic biases (especially the colonialist and white biases of modern Western — especially USA — libraries), it becomes even more important to teach and discuss professional ethics as a counter to holding unrealistic ideas about what our profession is and does. http://www.ala.org/tools/ethics