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Do They Still Teach That? Ethics in LIS Curricula

Friday, May 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Webinar by ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom

Martin Garner, Presenter

As a degree, the master of library science is regularly questioned as to whether it is still effective as preparation for professional roles in the field. Concerns range from a lack of technical proficiency and practical skills in graduates to whether a graduate degree is even necessary to be a librarian. Defenders of the degree talk about the theoretical foundation given to graduates of library and information science (LIS) programs, including a grounding in the principles and values that undergird the professional work of a librarian. If that is one of the primary justifications of the degree, then it is important to understand how those principles and values, including professional ethics, are taught in library and information science programs.

More than twenty years have elapsed since the last comprehensive review of ethics education in LIS programs, so the American Library Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics decided to undertake a survey of all accredited LIS programs to ascertain the current state of ethics education in graduate programs, compare it to historical approaches, and discover how the committee can best use its resources to support the teaching of ethics to future librarians.

This webinar will review the study’s findings, discuss future research needs, and ask participants to reflect on their own educational experiences with ethics in LIS programs.

Date: Thursday, 5/25/2017, 1 p.m. Central

Freedom to Read Foundation members can register here for free.

FREE for Freedom to Read Foundation members

The webinar is sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation.

Martin Garnar is the dean of the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs. He started teaching professional ethics for the University of Denver’s library and information science program in 2005 and has served as chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics, and the ACRL Professional Values Committee. He’s currently serving as the president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Martin is a frequent speaker on ethics and intellectual freedom at state, regional, and national events, and served as the assistant editor for the 9th edition of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual.