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Code of Ethics for Registered Librarians

(UPDATE 2 as of April 20, 2007)

Prof. Corazon M. Nera, Chair of the Board for Librarians (BFL) was the guest speaker
during the PLAI-STRLC sponsored forum entitled "Continuing Professional Education
for Librarian" held last April 18, 2007 at the Lyceum of Batangas, Batangas City. She
shared about the importance of CPE to around 60 participants and mentioned that there is
a newly approved Code of Ethics for Librarians. Below is the complete transcript of the
Code of Ethics for Librarians as provided by Prof. Nera minus the logo of Professional
Regulation Commission(PRC) for your information and guidance.

*Note: There is also an old version entitled Code of Ethics for Registered Librarians
found in the IFLA webpage which was approved by PRC in the City of the Manila the
14th of August 1992 (Resolution No. 02 08 1992) for comparison.

Republic of the Philippines


PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION
Manila

BOARD FOR LIBRARIANS


Resolution No. _06_
Series of 2006
CODE OF ETHICS FOR LIBRARIANS

<CLASS="MSONORMAL" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"WHEREAS, Sec. 8 (h),


Article II of R.A. No. 9246, known as the “Philippine Librarianship Act of 2003,” and
Sec. 8 (h), Rule II of Res. No. 05, Series of 2004, known as the “IRR of the Philippine
Librarianship Act of 2003”, empower the Board to adopt and prescribe a Code of Ethics
for Librarians;</CLASS="MSONORMAL"
WHEREAS, since May, 2004 the Board had consulted on the prescription, adoption and
promulgation of this Code with the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) and
other different professional library associations including the CHED, the academe, and
other entities, private and public;
<CLASS="MSONORMAL" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"WHEREAS, the final draft of
this Code had been submitted by the Board to the foregoing associations and sectors for
their comments and recommendations before the final adoption thereof;
and</CLASS="MSONORMAL"
<CLASS="MSONORMAL" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"WHEREAS, any Registered
Librarian who violates the said Code, after due hearing in an administrative case
conducted by the Board against him/her, shall be subject to the disciplinary action of
either the revocation of his/her certificate of registration or suspension thereof (Sec. 11
(i), Art. II; Sec. 23, Art. III of R.A. 9246; and Sec. II (i) and (m) of Rule II and Sec. 23,
Rule III of Res. No. 05, Series of 2003);</CLASS="MSONORMAL"
<CLASS="MSONORMAL" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"NOW, THEREFORE, the
Board resolves, as it is hereby resolved, to prescribe, adopt, and promulgate the “Code of
Ethics for Librarians” appended and marked as “Annex “A” and made an integral part of
this Resolution;</CLASS="MSONORMAL"
RESOLVED, FURTHER, this Resolution shall take effect after fifteen (15) days
following its full and complete publication in the Official Gazette or any newspaper of
general circulation in the Philippines.
<CLASS="MSONORMAL" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"Let copy of this Resolution
be circularized through the schools / colleges / universities offering the librarianship
course to the users thereof for their information and guidance.
</CLASS="MSONORMAL"
Done in the City of Manila this _13th_ day of _Sept._ 2006.
(Sgd.) PERLA T. GARCIA
Chairman
(Sgd.) CORAZON M. NERA (Sgd.) ELIZABETH R. PERALEJO
Member Member
Attested:
(Sgd.) CARLOS G. ALMELOR
Secretary, Professional Regulatory Boards
Approved:
(Sgd.) LEONOR TRIPON-ROSERO
Chairperson
(Sgd.) AVELINA A. DE LA REA (Sgd.) RENATO B. VALDECANTOS
Commissioner Commissioner
SRB-LIB
PTG/CGA/Ela/code of ethics for librarians.doc
Annex “A”

“CODE OF ETHICS FOR PHILIPPINE LIBRARIANS”


PREAMBLE
<CLASS="MSONORMAL" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"Librarians, mindful of their
role in the development of knowledge and culture and the enrichment of people’s lives,
seek the highest standards of ethical behavior in their relations with their schools, their
clients/employers, the librarianship profession and colleagues, agencies and associations
and the public.
</CLASS="MSONORMAL"
Librarians with the State, Society and Public
Librarians shall uphold the Constitution, obey the laws of the land, and respect
duly constituted authorities.
Librarians shall promote literacy and education of the public by making the
resources and services of the library known and accessible to its users.
Librarians shall uphold and promote the right to information as well as abide
by the provisions of the intellectual property law.
Librarians shall be partners with the community they serve in inculcating
nationalism practicing Filipino values and preserving the country’s
historical, cultural, and intellectual heritage.
Librarians with Librarianship Profession
Librarians shall uphold the dignity and integrity of the profession
Librarians shall keep their reputation above reproach and shall so conduct
themselves to gain public esteem and respect for the library and for the
profession.
Librarians shall not assist in the unauthorized practice of librarianship.
Librarians shall treat each other with respect, courtesy, and sincerity and shall
avoid maligning the reputation, competence, and capability of their
colleagues. They shall not use any unfair means to gain professional
advancement.
Librarians shall strive to improve, enhance, and upgrade their professional
knowledge, skills, and competencies through formal and informal means.
Librarians shall endeavor to uphold the highest standards in the practice of the
profession. They shall adopt and live by this motto: C A N I - Constant
and Never-ending Improvement of the quality and standards of
professional services.
Librarians shall adhere to the principles of due process and equality of
opportunity in their relationship with fellow workers especially their
colleagues.
Librarians shall maintain membership, participate and cooperate in the
endeavors of library association/s to enhance the effectiveness of the
profession.
Librarians shall participate and cooperate in all the endeavors of library
association/s to enhance the effectiveness of the profession.
Librarians shall be vigilant in the protection of all library resources placed
under their care.
Librarians shall be entitled to a just and fair fee for consultancy and other
professional services.
Librarians with the Suppliers, Publishers, Dealers, etc.
Librarians shall choose suppliers and publishers exclusively on the basis of
the quality of goods, costs, and services.
Librarians shall refuse all personal gratuities.
Librarians shall never enter into business transactions prejudicial to the
library, but unwisely favorable to their own interest.
Librarians with the Clients and/or other Users of their Professional Services.
Librarians shall provide courteous, prompt, adequate, skillful and accurate
responses to all requests for assistance.
Librarians shall keep in confidence, information acquired in the course of
professional service. They shall protect the client’s right to privacy with
respect to information sought or received and materials consulted,
borrowed, or acquired through the library.
Librarians shall render impartial service to all library users regardless of their
race, beliefs, age, gender, or social status.
Librarians shall refuse gifts or favors from clients and library suppliers for
personal interest. They shall avoid using the library’s resources to the
detriment of services which the library render to its users.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION
A Registered Librarian who is found guilty for violation of any provision in this Code by
the Board after his/her investigation shall be subject to a disciplinary action of either
revocation of his/her Certificate of Registration or suspension thereof which the Board
shall impose thereto after his/her due investigation.
SEPARABILITY CLAUSE
Any provision or portion of this Code that the Court may declare as not constitutional,
not valid, or not enforceable shall not affect the constitutionality, validity, and
enforceability of other provisions thereof.
Done in the city of Manila this 13th day of Sept. 2006
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