April 9, 2013...11:57 am

Ethics Matters! Join OIF for a half-day preconference in Chicago

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The ALA Committee on Professional Ethics invites you to join a half-day preconference offered during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this summer!

“Ethics Matters: Ethical Decision-Making for Librarians and Information Professionals” will provide attendees with practical tools for resolving the daily ethical issues librarians face. Dr. Nancy Zimmerman will lead this highly interactive event that will challenge librarians to develop ethical awareness, identify the global common ground of values underlying ethics, analyze ethical issues using real-life dilemmas and resolve dilemmas using practical resolution principles.

This preconference will take place from 8:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013.  Continental breakfast, coffee and other refreshments will be served. Advance registration is required. Tickets cost $80 and are available via ALA’s Annual Conference registration system. Tickets may be purchased as part of Annual Conference registration or separately (note: you do not have to register for the entire Annual Conference to attend). The Event Code for “Ethics Matters” is OIF1.

“Ethics Matters” will introduce attendees to the Ethical Fitness® process, a conceptual framework for decision-making developed by the Institute for Global Ethics (IGE). Founded in 1990 by the late Dr. Rushworth Kidder, IGE is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context.

Dr. Nancy Zimmerman, professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, is a certified IGE ethics educator and past chair of the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics. She is a past president of the American Association of School Librarians, the New York Library Association and Beta Phi Mu, the International Library Science Honor Society. She served four terms as an ALA Councilor-at-large and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Freedom to Read Foundation.

The ALA Committee on Professional Ethics is charged with augmenting the ALA Code of Ethics by developing explanatory interpretations and additional statements, and by providing guidance to other units of the association developing statements dealing with ethical issues. Ethics education has been identified as a priority for the American Library Association, and this preconference represents a major step toward meeting that identified need.

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