It's all fine, I suppose, but I don't like the idea that when I took this job, I was supposed to sign on to a certain code of ethics. I just want to have my own ethics and have them apply across all areas of my life. What do you think about that? Do all jobs have this sort of thing?
I think the real problem I have with it all is this idea of censorship. I've just about made the decision not to order the William Allen White Nominees for 6-8th grade. We are a K-6 School, and I don't think it's a great use of our resources, and frankly, I don't like the content of most of the nominees. I think it's fine if that's what they want to nominate, and the kids certainly have access to those books all over the place, but I don't feel good spending 10% of my budget every year on books that I can't in good conscience recommend to anyone.
My principal will support me on this, but she did ask- "As a librarian though, are you concerned about the whole "banned books" thing?
I don't think NOT purchasing something is on par with BANNING it.
(But I suspect the ALA would say I'm not living up to this code of ethics I was supposed to adopt when I took this job.)
What do you think?