On February 3, 2017 the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA/FCAB) endorsed the American Library Association’s statement defending library core values and condemning recent events in their country. ALA President, Julie Todaro, responded to recent actions by the new administration and specifically addressed issues regarding access to information, discrimination and intellectual freedom, “We are shocked and dismayed by recent executive orders and other actions by the new administration, which stand in stark contrast to the core values of the American Library Association.”
Endorsing the ALA statement, CFLA/FCAB “champions values that include access to information, privacy, democracy, equity, diversity and inclusion, intellectual freedom, and social responsibility. Libraries are safe and inclusive spaces that build social capital and support discovery and creation. CFLA/FCAB and Canadian libraries stand together in unity with our American library colleagues in support of welcoming and inclusive communities.”
NLLA also endorses these statements and our core values. We stand together with our Canadian and American colleagues in support of a fair and just society. We stand together in support of access to information, privacy, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intellectual freedom. Our libraries are open to all and will remain safe and inclusive spaces.