Code of Ethics

PREAMBLE

  • This Code of Ethics articulates the expected professional conduct for Librarians and other Infomediaries. It sets out through ethical propositions and expected standards of behaviour and practice for information workers working in libraries and other institutions providing public access to information. The Code is premised on the understanding that librarians and other infomediaries are members of a noble profession which is committed to provision of access to information, facilitation of free flow of information, exchange of ideas and information leading to informed free expression, promotion of intellectual freedom at the same time supporting effective copyright, teaching and learning as well collecting, preserving and aid access to Indigenous Knowledge and culture of communities.
  • The terms librarian and infomediaries in this Code applies to persons employed by a library or related institution to collect, preserve and provide access to information as a profession according to standards set out by the Botswana Library Association.
  • This Code sets out principles of ethical behaviour expected of a Librarian and/or Infomediary.
  • This Code is not a statement of recommendations applicable to certain situations but a plan to professionalise library and information management in Botswana.
  • This Code can the be used as a reference point in case of disciplinary action and in the promotion of effective library and infomediary service.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries have a primary duty to collect, preserve and provide access to recorded and transmitted knowledge to their clients.
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries should also facilitate free flow of information and ideas to anyone without favour or discrimination
  • To this end, Librarians and Infomediaries must not engage in any conduct which may prejudice the good standing and reputation of the library profession or that of the Botswana Library Association
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries must be competent in the delivery of their duties and must therefore vie to be abreast with emerging developments in the library and related professions
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries must fulfil to the best of their ability contractual obligations with their employers. Where an employers interest are in variance with public  interest or the good standing of the library and related professions, public interest and protection of the good standing of the profession should gain prominence
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries should not divulge or permit to be divulged any recorded material entrusted to them in confidence to any third party without prior consent of the material owner
  • Decisions of Librarians and/or Infomediaries should be guided by their professional judgement and should not allow themselves to profit from their positions
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries should report to the Secretary of the Botswana Library Association any action taken against them resulting from their dishonesty or any instance which brings or is likely to bring the Profession into disrepute

 

RELATIONS OF LIBRARIAN AND INFOMEDIARY WITH CLIENTS

  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries should study and get to know the current and future needs of the communities they serve and vie to acquire material that satisfy or will satisfy those needs
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries should make services provided and resources available widely known to members of communities taking into consideration those marginalised
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries protect the privacy and confidentiality of each patron

RELATIONS OF LIBRARIAN AND INFOMEDIARY WITHIN WORK PLACE

  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries should display a spirit of courtesy, effective cooperation, selflessness in the conduct of work and in undertaking professional assignments
  • Constructive criticism of work, policies or procedures should be appropriately made
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries should never enter into any dealings on behalf of their place of work which can bring disrepute to the Profession
  • Any contract entered into by the Librarians and/or Infomediaries on behalf of their places of work should be respected and upheld
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries should never use resources of their places of work for their own personal use and thus affecting service provision

RELATIONSHIP OF LIBRARIAN AND INFOMEDIARY WITH BOTSWANA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

  • All Librarians and/or Infomediaries must be members of good standing of the Botswana Library Association
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries must participate in activities of the Botswana Library Assocaition to which they are invited to participate in
  • Librarians and/or Infomediaries should be the mouth piece of the Botswana Library Association in promoting the Library and Information Management Profession among communities locally, regionally and internationally