ERIC Number: EJ869021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 3
Reflections on Ethics in Practice
Adams, Helen R.
Knowledge Quest, v37 n3 p66-69 Jan-Feb 2009
Each profession has its own code of ethics. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2008) defines professional ethics as "the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group." The Code of Ethics of the American Library Association (ALA Council 2008) has served librarians for seventy years and reflects the ideals toward which all librarians strive. While they are not step-by-step directives, the statements in the Code provide a moral framework for school library media specialists in their daily practice. School library professionals face ethical dilemmas every day. Although the situations vary, most affect students' access to information and their privacy while using library resources. This article presents real-life examples that reflect contemporary situations.
Descriptors: Access to Information, Privacy, School Libraries, Dictionaries, Professional Associations, Media Specialists, Ethics, Librarians, Models, Elementary Secondary Education
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/knowledgequest/knowledgequest.cfm
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
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