09 October 2014

Module 4: Missions and Visions

For me the value of the public library ties directly to freedom of expression which is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Inextricably bound with freedom of expression are the rights to seek, find, and spread ideas. This not only involves information sources (books, internet access, etc.) but it also involves interacting with others in a common space. Freedom of expression being a fundamental right in our culture, we need to strive to make access to our public libraries barrier free. Words that struck me as I read through a variety of public library mission and vision statements included words that directly relate to freedom of expression as a fundamental value of public libraries: Connection, community, knowledge, collaboration.

As a point of interest, this video (one of my favourites) kept jumping to mind as I read through the different pieces for this module.

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