Fear of censorship of federal librarians for ‘duty of loyalty’ to the Canadian government

| March 20, 2013

In a recent article titled “Federal librarians fear being ‘muzzled’ under the new code of conduct that stresses ‘duty to loyalty to the government”, Margaret Munro of Postmedia News (March 13, 2013) says that “Federal librarians and archivists who set foot in classrooms, attend conferences or speak up at public meetings on their own time are engaging in ‘high risk’ activities, according to the new code of conduct at Library and Archives Canada”.

According to the code, the department’s staff must get authorization with their managers in advance to ensure there are no conflicts with the Library and Archives Canada (LAC). More to this end, the code is explicit in stressing that federal employees’ have a “duty of loyalty” to the “duly elected government” and, it also includes information about how offenders can be reported.

Does any one have any thoughts about the censorship of librarians and archivists? What are some of the implications of such a code?