Professional Ethics Guidelines for SLA Members
In December, the SLA Board of Directors reviewed and approved the Professional Ethics Guidelines for members.
The guidelines were developed by the Information Ethics Advisory Council under the leadership of co-chairs Toni Carbo and Tom Froehlich in 2009 and 2010. According to the document's preamble, "[t]he guidelines are intended to help SLA members frame ethical deliberation whenever professionally-related ethical problems arise."
The ethics effort began as an initiative of the Public Relations Advisory Council, after which a workgroup identified key ethical tenets for SLA members. Ethics ambassadors from the units also contributed to the conversation. The Information Ethics Advisory Council was formed and charged with creating a document that addressed the ethical challenges members may face in their many types of professional environments.
The ethics guidelines address the characteristics of honesty, fairness, and good faith. They call for members to strive for high levels of service and to contribute to the mission and goals of the organization. SLA members should respect intellectual property rights and honor privacy, reputation, and confidentiality. In addition, members are expected to strive for excellence and maintain professional knowledge and competencies, and to represent themselves and their experience accurately. Conflicts of interest should be avoided while SLA professionals are performing their work.
For the full guidelines and additional background information, please visit the SLA Website.
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