E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Spring 2004

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (2004) 5(1). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v05n01/zink_l01.htm.


Copyright 2004, the author. Used by permission.



The nations of the world community are independent of each other. There is no higher authority to bring together like and unlike nations for the betterment of world order. Each nation stands alone. It is realized, even in America, that international affairs dictate there is no one moral code common to all people and to all governments of the world. Political order in the world community depends upon an independence of nations, but an independence that recognizes a moral, reasoned mind. The so-called American library system plays a role in the assurances toward tempered, human behavior at the international level by assuring public access to information. The natural order of world groups recognizes the American library system as the stakeholder for a reasoned, moral mind.