New Preprint: “Learning Analytics and the Academic Library: Professional Ethics Commitments at a Crossroads”
The following article (preprint) was recently accepted for publication article in College & Research Libraries (C&RL). It is scheduled for final publication in the March 2018 issue.
Learning Analytics and the Academic Library: Professional Ethics Commitments at a Crossroads
Kyle M. L. Jones
Indiana University–Indianapolis (IUPUI)
University of Wisconsin–Madison
via C&RL Website
In this paper, the authors address learning analytics and the ways academic libraries are beginning to participate in wider institutional learning analytics initiatives. Since there are moral issues associated with learning analytics, the authors consider how data mining practices run counter to ethical principles in the American Library Association’s “Code of Ethics.”
Specifically, the authors address how learning analytics implicates professional commitments to promote intellectual freedom; protect patron privacy and confidentiality; and balance intellectual property interests between library users, their institution, and content creators and vendors.
The authors recommend that librarians should embed their ethical positions in technological designs, practices, and governance mechanisms.
Direct to Full Text Article (Preprint)
48 pages; PDF.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.