Code of Ethics for Librarians

Approved at the Annual General Conference
                    of the Japan Library Association
                         June 1980
  1. The foundation of a Librarian's work lies in pursuit of his duties in accordance with the known expectations of society in general and  the needs of the users of his library in particular.
  2. A Librarian should not discriminate between or against library users.
  3. A Librarian should respect the confidentiality of each library user.
  4. A Librarian should honor the Freedom of Libraries in collecting, preserving and proffering library materials.
  5. Librarian should make it his professional aim to familiarize himself, as far as possible both in and out of his library, with the materials recording human knowledge and experiences.
  6. A Librarian should apply himself to necessary professional training, both as an individual and as a member of a group.
  7. A Librarian should actively participate in the formulation of policy in the operation and service program of his library.
  8. A Librarian should cooperate with other Librarians in efforts to develop group professional competences.
  9. Librarians should make efforts to secure labor conditions that are appropriate for the development and pursuit of professional library services.
  10. Librarians should make it their aim to develop and maintain understanding and cooperation among libraries of all kinds.
  11. Librarians should make due efforts, in association with others, to stimulate the development of the cultural environment in society and the community which they serve, by cooperating with local residents and with members of appropriate groups and organizations.
  12. Librarians should make every effort to contribute to the development of the whole culture relating to publications and publishing that is responsive to the needs and viewpoints of the public.