Seven Articles of Faith

Core Beliefs for Children's Services Librarians

Developed by Betsy Hearne & Christine Jenkins:


  1. a belief in the primacy and uniqueness of the individual child
  2. a belief in the critical importance of individual choice in young people's reading
  3. a firm belief in the strength and resilience of young people
  4. a belief in the children's room as an egalitarian republic of readers
  5. a belief in literature as a positive force for understanding not only between individuals, but also between groups, and nations
  6. a friendly and unsentimental older sister's attitude towards children
  7. an assumption that children's librarians would prevail over adversity in the performance of their professional work