Professional Ethics in the Library
Ethical Use of Ideas and Information
What do you need to know about copyright?
This means that as soon as you create it, you own it! Your work is protected under law.
What is usually protected by copyright?
pictorial, graphics and sculptural
sound recordings and motion pictures
Here is a great example of recent copyright infringement:
How is intellectual property related to the library?
They use copyrighted material and need to be sure to give credit for the information by citing sources.
What is public domain?
Works that are public domain do not require permission to use and are free.
What is fair use?
-Commercial nature or non-profit educational purposes
-The amount of the work that is being used
-The effect of the use
-How much of the work is used in relation to the overall work in general
What do I need to know about plagarism?
The video below shows ways to avoid plagiarism and how it is related to copyright and fair use.
Right to Privacy
Right to Privacy
Library Bill of Rights states, "Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas."
How is this connected to my school library?
Right to privacy applies to students at our school.
Access in the library is free to patrons.
Inquiries are not judged or investigated and student records along with personal information are kept confidential.
Our school follows The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), federal law about keeping non-disclosure of personal information.
Challenges to Library Materials
What is Intellectual Freedom?
"Intellectual Freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction."
How does Intellectual Freedom relate to the library?
Fighting against censorship, standing up for 1st Amendment Rights
All views should be included in materials
Materials not approved by others should be accessible to all
What are challenges to the library materials?
How does the library handle challenges to library materials?
We will be professional at all times and listen to concerns.
We will follow the specific district procedures for revaluation of materials when necessary. This includes:
ensuring availability of challenged materials during the revaluation
discussion of the revaluation policy
clarification of the selection policy of the library
keeping accurate and detailed records of both formal and informal complaints
What are internet ethics?
The expectation is for the user of the internet and technology to be responsible at all times including following copyright laws, right to privacy, and code of conduct.
Common Breaches of Internet Ethics in Schools
-The purposeful damaging of equipment
-Plagiarism and academic dishonesty, copyright infringement
-Bullying or threatening others through social media, email, etc.
How does the library handle internet ethics?