The Agnes Robinson Waterloo Public Library

CODE OF ETHICS POLICY



The Agnes Robinson Waterloo Public Library Board of Trustees strives to Maintain the
highest moral standards in the administration of the Library. All trustees affirm they shall:
• Observe ethical standards with absolute truth, integrity and honor;
• Avoid situations in which personal interests might be served or financial benefits gained at
the expense of the Library or its users;
• Excuse one’s self immediately whenever there is the appearance of a conflict of interest;
• Ensure their personal philosophies or interests do not interfere with their administration of
the Board or their support of its decisions;
• Respect the confidential nature of Library business while being aware of the applicable
laws governing freedom of information;
• Support to the fullest the efforts of librarians in resisting censorship of Library materials by
groups or individuals;
• Accept and perform all of the duties and functions of the position of Trustee;
• Listen and respect the opinions of other Board members;
• Recognize that authority lies only within legal meetings of the Board and not with its
individual members;
• Keep the Board informed of relevant information that would be of interest to all of its
members;
• Participate actively in meetings and actions and inform the Library Director when unable
to attend;
• Attempt to anticipate the needs of the users of the Library;
• Recognize that the Board’s responsibility is to ensure the Library is well managed, never
undermining the authority of the Director in that management;
• Represent all users and potential users of the Library fairly and equally;
• Ensure that the Library and its facilities are well maintained, financially secure, growing,
and always operating in the best interests of its users;
• Advocate for the Library, both within the community and within other organizations;
• Use the Library and become familiar with its staff and operations;
• Take advantage of opportunities for continuing development.
• Use the Library and become familiar with its staff and operations.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees September, 30, 2014