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Ethics and Professionalism: Where do they diverge? Where do they converge? Join us for an e-Forum on this topic

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 8:00 am to Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 4:00 pm, US/Central

Ethics and Professionalism: Where do they diverge? Where do they converge?

May 22-23, 2013


Hosted by the ACRL Committee on Ethics.

Moderators:  Jonathan Cope and Kelly Laas


Please join us for this e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.


Each day, sessions begin and end at:


Pacific: 7am – 3pm Mountain: 8am – 4pm Central: 9am – 5pm Eastern: 10am – 6pm

 You may drop in and out of the sessions as you wish during this range of time as the e-Forum is asynchronous.

Day 1 Topic: When Professionalism and Ethics Collide: A Case Study.

A university library debates whether to accept the papers of a politician with a troubling legacy, or not. 

Day 2 Topic: The Crossroads of Ethics and Professionalism: The Role of Ethics in Professional Practice

A conversation about the role ethics plays in professional librarianship; the Code and real world application.    




Jonathan Cope is a Reference/Instruction Librarian at the College of Staten Island (CSI), CUNY. Cope holds master's degrees in both library science and liberal studies. Recently, he has contributed a chapter to the edited collection Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), which discusses the applicability of social power research to information literacy. Cope’s current research is focused on the ways in which library and information literacy work is situated within specific social, cultural, economic, and disciplinary contexts.


Kelly Laas is the Librarian of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She earned her MLS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She has worked on a number of National Science Foundation grants focusing on developing methods for working ethics education into technical courses, and is a co-coach of IIT’s Ethics Bowl team.  She is the Vice Chair of the ACRL Committee on Ethics.


*What is an e-forum?*

This e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by moderators, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. This e-forum will last two days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.


To register:

Create an account at the ALA List Web site (lists.ala.org)

Go to the e-Forum web site http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/ethicsforum

Click the "Subscribe" link in the left-hand column

Enter the email address where you'd like to receive the e-Forum messages

You'll receive an email message containing a password; enter the pw. You are now subscribed.


Change Your Preferences

To create your own password, click on "Your Preferences." and create a new password and make a note of it.

You can come back to lists.ala.org anytime to manage your subscription:

  • change your email address for any reason
  • cancel/unsubscribe after the e-forum or at any time
  • access the list archive to review a discussion
  • choose to receive the messages in digest format instead of one email at a time.