A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
The Public Library in America is a quintessentially democratic institution. Rooted in the belief that an informed public is vital to a healthy democracy, the Public Library is committed to providing open, uncensored, and equitable access to ideas and information, and protecting the rights of all individuals, regardless of race, age, gender, ethnic background, or economic status, to obtain any information that is vital to their lives. Additional professional values (as articulated by the American Library Association) affirm librarians’ commitment to protect free speech, and to respect personal privacy and confidentiality.
All the many extraordinarily awesome things that public libraries do, provide, and nurture, in communities across this country, have their roots in these essential principles of librarianship.
The NOLS Board of Trustees has established polices that endorse and affirm these guiding library philosophies, and a mission statement that captures the essence of NOLS’ service commitment: Nurturing imagination, connection, and understanding, to improve lives and strengthen community.
NOLS’ Strategic Roadmap and Customer Service Standards further articulate the Library’s institutional values, including governmental transparency and accountability, good stewardship of public resources, and a commitment to provide quality service in a clean, safe and civil environment.
In these times of social and political turbulence, the North Olympic Library System affirms its ongoing commitment to continue honoring the core values of public librarianship in America and the mission, objectives, initiatives, and policies established by the NOLS Board of Trustees.
All of the NOLS documents referenced above are available on the NOLS website. Additional information about professional values, responsibilities, and philosophies, as defined by the American Library Association, can be found at www.ala.org.
“The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. . . Freedom has given the United States the elasticity to endure strain. Freedom keeps open the path of novel and creative solutions, and enables change to come by choice. Now as always in our history, reading is among our greatest freedoms.”
— From ALA’s Freedom to Read Statement
Margaret Jakubcin, NOLS Library Director
January 1, 2017