Statement Opposing Library Worker Involvement in the U.S. Department of Justice "Terrorism Information and Prevention Systems" Program

The Terrorism and Information Prevention Systems (Operation TIPS) proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice and developed in partnership with several other federal agencies as one of the five component programs of the Citizen Corps in July, 2002 is at odds with the library profession's commitment to the library user's right of privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.

In keeping with our commitment to monitor the professional ethics of librarianship from a perspective of social responsibility, the Progressive Librarians Guild does hereby record our stand as being opposed to the Department of Justice "Operation TIPS" program and urge that library workers oppose the TIPS program.