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The Value and Values of Libraries

As President of ALA, I promise to ...  

  • Be a tireless advocate for our vital role in society; the defense of intellectual freedom; better salaries for librarians and other library workers; equity of access for all library users; and our value and values
  • Lead the opposition to the USA PATRIOT Act, any extension of such laws and regulations, and any further infringement on the rights of library users
  • Work to make the ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA/APA) successful in its work on certification programs and advocacy for better salaries and pay equity
  • Strive to improve the working relationship between ALA as a whole and its units, round tables, and divisions
  • Emphasize the importance of recruitment of new librarians especially the recruitment of librarians from all ethnic and cultural groups. We can and should achieve a profession that reflects the diversity of society
  • Advocate and promote socially responsible policies and make ALA even more of a voice for progress, literacy, diversity, and the rights of the individual.

I believe passionately in the transforming power of libraries and in the core values of our profession--service, preservation of the human record, intellectual freedom, equity of access, and the advancement of literacy and learning. As your President, I will continue the advocacy of these values that has been the hallmark of my career. This is a time of great challenge and great opportunity for libraries and we need to stand together to meet those challenges, promote our values, and grasp our opportunities.

I have a vision of all librarians and library workers coming together to achieve our common goals and am very grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to work toward that vision.

All the best,


Michael Gorman
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Last updated April 18, 2006
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