TITLE

Laying Down the Law: ALA's Ethics Codes

AUTHOR(S)
Sturgeon, Roy L.
PUB. DATE
November 2007
SOURCE
American Libraries;Nov2007, Vol. 38 Issue 10, p56
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article talks about the lack of an enforceable professional code of ethics among librarians in the U.S. The first six-page, six-section Suggested Code of Ethics was released to the members of the American Library Association (ALA) in 1930. The association's first official Code of Ethics for Librarians was adopted in 1939. The definition of a librarian is presented in the preamble of the Code of Ethics for Librarians. In 1975, a one-page Statement of Professional Ethics was adopted by ALA. Changes in the Statement of Professional Ethics are discussed.
ACCESSION #
27443906

 

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