The roles of ethics and professional responsibility were quickly brought to the forefront as I embarked on my path toward obtaining my MLIS degree. The American Library Association’s Code of Ethics, the IDEA Construct, and Institutional Review Board have furthered shaped my understanding of librarianship. Moving forward, the library environment that I desire to create is one that encompasses a system of values that reflects diversity and acceptance.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education Department proudly promoted the concept of IDEA: Information, Diversity, Engagement, and Access. As an aspiring librarian, I value the commitment to recognizing diversity and in doing so accept various points of view with regard to access to information, opportunities, and resources. Evidenced in artifact 2, libraries have a mission to meet users where they are and Chrystie Hill’s Libraries Present and Future video connected to the IDEA construct indicating the role of librarianship is constantly changing to meet the needs of accessibility in order to engage the diverse population that we seek to serve. Knowing that every community and patron is diverse, it is imperative that an inclusive vision be embraced to foster a strong partnership.
The thoughtful review and training gained from the IRB Certification process provided me with an opportunity to understand the role of a review board and how the members of the board evaluate the merit of a research project based on ethical principles and federal regulations. Having an organization in place to protect the well-being of research subjects is invaluable and the reflection provided in artifact 1 demonstrated that IRB approvals provide a needed system of checks and balances to maintain accountability and recognize diversity, ensuring autonomy for all. The rules and case studies featured in the IRB certification modules narrowed the scope and provided a detailed look into information that both values and protects access and diversity. As a result, the philosophy and principles that guide research and library institutions must be rooted in ethical practices to ensure subjects and users are treated respectfully and are able to comfortably access and evaluate information to meet their personal and professional learning needs.
Using the Code of Ethics established by the American Library Association, I am conscientiously aware of the ethical standards that should be utilized and upheld to protect all involved in the library and information field. The statements within the code serve as a value system, establishing a framework that guides the services provided to library users and the respectful manner in which users should be treated. Together, all of these artifacts have influenced my decision to develop a library mission statement will reflect ethical practices and treatment of patrons.
Artifact 1-IRB Certification
Artifact 2-iDEA Construct
Artifact 3-ALA Code of Ethics