January 18, 2022

American Library Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) Seeks Library Community Feedback About Update to ALA Code of Ethics to Address Racial and Social Justice

From ACRL Connect:

ALA’s Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) is looking for feedback from the library community about an update to the ALA Code of Ethics. In July 2020, the COPE voted to establish a working group to explore the creation of a new principle of the ALA Code of Ethics to address racial and social justice. In collaboration with member groups of the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach, a working group was created. The working group is co-chaired by Andrew Harant and Sheri Edwards and the members are Nicole Cooke, Alexandra Gomez, Sarah Houghton, Nancy Kirkpatrick, Liladhar Pendse, and Jennifer Shimada. This group has drafted a ninth principle for the ALA Code of Ethics that states our profession’s responsibility to support and advance racial and social justice and its obligation to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Post feedback on this Google Doc: “Library Community Feedback Wanted: ALA Code of Ethics, 9th Principle” by Wednesday, April 14. COPE requests that you post comments or add suggestions, rather than edit the document directly. To post a comment, select “insert” in the top menu, and the click “Comment.” Comments may be posted anonymously (if you’re not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you’re signed into your Google account).

The Committee on Professional Ethics will revise the draft in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the final proposed 9th principle to ALA Council prior to ALA Annual Conference. Please feel free to share this request for feedback with others in your librarian communities.


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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.