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ERIC Number: EJ1175060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
Learning Analytics and the Academic Library: Professional Ethics Commitments at a Crossroads
Jones, Kyle M. L.; Salo, Dorothea
College & Research Libraries, v79 n3 p304-323 Apr 2018
In this paper, the authors address learning analytics and the ways academic libraries are beginning to participate in wider institutional learning analytics initiatives. Since there are moral issues associated with learning analytics, the authors consider how data mining practices run counter to ethical principles in the American Library Association's "Code of Ethics." Specifically, the authors address how learning analytics implicates professional commitments to promote intellectual freedom; protect patron privacy and confidentiality; and balance intellectual property interests between library users, their institution, and content creators and vendors. The authors recommend that librarians should embed their ethical positions in technological designs, practices, and governance mechanisms. (A list of notes is included.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A