As reflective practitioners, graduates will demonstrate: Integrity
Exhibit ethical behavior, knowledge, and attitudes.
Because librarians work so closely with patrons and know their information needs, they must be certain to maintain professional behaviors in terms of the ethical decisions they make in order to uphold intellectual freedom, privacy, and intellectual property. Every decision that is made in the library will affect patrons either positively or negatively, so librarians must be full of integrity to make the decision that is ethically just and follows the principles of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Bill of Rights and Intellectual Freedom policies.
The first evidence of my interaction with integrity in the library world comes in the form of a reflective paper that gives an overview of information ethics, specifically intellectual freedom. The second artifact is a presentation on a case study dealing with intellectual freedom in a public library. The presentation consists of a powerpoint detailing the specifics of the case and a fictitious newspaper that presents the case objectively and subjectively. The case presents the situation of a parent’s concern for the classification of a book that he felt was incorrectly placed in the science section. Though the parent wanted the book moved to the fiction section, the library ethically decided to shelve the book in the religious section. Questions and concerns about the content and placement of books and other materials in the library fall under the professional value of integrity because the librarian must decide what is in the best interest of the entire library community and the institution of the library itself.