Libraries across the country are celebrating #DayofFacts on February 17, 2017, speaking to legislation proposed under the new Presidential administration. Libraries by nature are designed to help locate and evaluate information. The American Library Association’s Code of Ethics embodies the principles to provide “equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses” to all library users. Under the Code of Ethics, libraries uphold intellectual freedom, resist censorship, and “protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality”. We follow these ethics at the Villa Park Public Library with our Mission Statement to encourage exploration and discovery of information, educating library users with factual information. The library provides access to print and online resources that can counter the damaging effects of so-called “alternative facts”.
Another aspect of #DayofFacts is to reiterate our dedication to core values of free speech, inclusion, democracy, and diversity. The library serves as a safe and welcoming space for all, promoting a culture of kindness and tolerance. Our Vision Statement states: “[t]he Library will provide and promote a diverse assortment of cultural, educational, and recreational services to a continually changing community.” In following this statement, we hold an array of programs, provide outreach for different portions of the community, and value diversity in our Collection Management Policy. Follow #DayofFacts on Twitter and other social media outlets to learn more about how libraries are promoting facts and inclusion at this time.