Federal librarians fear being muzzled under new code of conduct

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.

Given the dangers, the code says the department’s staff must clear such personal activities with their managers in advance to ensure there are no conflicts or other risks to LAC.

The code, which stresses federal employees’ duty of loyalty to the duly elected government, also spells out how offenders can be reported.

It includes both a muzzle and a snitch line, says James Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, which represents more than 68,000 teachers, librarians, researchers and academics across the country.

He and others say the code is evidence the Harper government is silencing and undermining its professional staff — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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