The code — “Library and Archives Canada’s Code of Conduct: Values and Ethics” — came into effect in January, says Richard Provencher, LAC’s senior communications adviser. He says the code was written by LAC in response to the April 2012 Values and Ethics Code for the public sector, which called for federal departments to establish their own codes of conduct.
One thing the code says is: “As public servants, our duty of loyalty to the Government of Canada and its elected officials extends beyond our workplace to our personal activities.” Now federal librarians and archivists who set foot in classrooms, attend conferences, or speak up at public meetings on their own time are engaging in “high risk” activities.
What exactly is the risk? What is LAC afraid of? What is the federal government afraid of? The truth will out, no matter what.
The following articles explore what the new code means for federal librarians and archivists:
“Canada’s federal librarians fear being ‘muzzled'” by Margaret Munro, Postmedia News, March 16, 2013,”
The Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) concerning the LAC Code of Conduct), March 18, 2013:
Give a listen to this CBC broadcast from last night (March 20), for an even better understanding: