Ethics in School Librarianship: A Reader / Edition 1

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A must-read that discusses how ethics and principles impact the personal and professional lives of librarians and media specialists. Essays written by respected peers discuss several areas where ethical issues occur, such as use of information and intellectual property, professional relationships, media center management policies, and the distribution of technology. This engaging book spells out all the sides and lets you see where you stand on the hot-button ethical issues of librarianship.

• Thought–provoking discussion questions

• Theoretical insight into real–life issues

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Editorial Reviews

An "ethical framework" for school library media specialists is constructed through the different chapters by experts in the field, usefully bringing together in one volume discussions of professional ethics that apply to a large range of issues. These include collection development, access, confidentiality, use of technology, intellectual freedom, intellectual property, administration, and Internet use. As Simpson writes, "Reading about ethics is no walk in the park. The issues are thorny, and they can cause discomfort." Some of the thornier topics discussed include biases in the process of selecting materials, the consideration of whether the implementation of computer-based reading programs can violate ethics of access, the consideration of penalties for misuse of Internet access, and ways in which confidentiality can be breached in school library media centers. Of special interest are discussions on the differences between codes of ethics as practiced by teachers and the code of ethics advocated for library professionals, and the implications of codes of ethics for working relationships in the field. Suggestions and guidelines are provided to help the school library media specialist to think through and implement ethical codes. The comprehensive approach and the provision of thought-provoking discussion questions for each chapter make this tool valuable for use in school library media education programs. The issues covered, however, are essential reading for all who work in the field of school librarianship. The ethical codes of the American Library Association and the Association of Communications and Technology are provided in an appendix. 2003, Linworth, 120p.; Source Notes.Appendix., pb. Ages adult professional.
—Hilary Crew
School Library Journal
Especially for those working in relative isolation, a handbook on professional ethics can be an important tool in navigating potentially explosive waters. Simpson has compiled 10 competently researched and written articles dealing with the ethical aspects of collection development, access, confidentiality, technology, intellectual freedom, intellectual property, administration, Internet use, and professional relationships. Each chapter/article is written in a reader-friendly format and includes its own list of references and discussion questions, making the book suitable for classroom use. All of the familiar and worrisome issues are addressed and discussed with enough insight, intelligence, and experience to provide school librarians with a solid base of research and opinion from which to work, even though solutions are neither simple nor definitive. Particularly interesting are the chapters on patron confidentiality, often difficult to maintain in the school setting where teachers have access to nearly all other student information, and on technology and the Internet, which nobody seems to have a really good handle on. School librarians and administrators would do well to have this thought- and discussion-provoking book on hand, because the day will come (maybe really soon) when they'll need it.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586830847
  • Publisher: Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,277,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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