One Shot Ethics

Last week in class we discussed ethics and the need for a code of ethics. We were also given an example of a way your personal and professional ethics could come into conflict. The example was that a parent heard that there was a book being used to teach children about metaphorical language and one of the line in the book was “poke you eye out” however there was a student would had an eye injury so the parent asked if it would be possible to take the book off the shelf for the rest of the semester. That’s such a difficult ethical dilemma. I can understand why the parent would want to protect her child from uncomfortable situations regrading his injury but the book is meant to be available to all students. If I were the librarian in this situation I would let the parent know that while I completely understand why she wants to have to book taken away, I would put the needs of her child over the needs of the student community. The book is meant to teach children, and it can’t be assumed that a child will read that line and use it in a hurtful way towards her child. I also don’t think that’s a logical reason to remove a book, what would a library look like if all the book that could potentially make someone feel uncomfortable were removed? I’m not looking forward to having to face those type of situation in my career.

This week is the week we do our one shot workshops. I underestimated how difficult it  would be to work through the workshop ADDIE. Honestly the hardest part was just picking a topic that would be relevant and interesting. My partner Emily and I are still putting the pieces together but I think it’ll turn out fine. I have a lot of workshop facilitation experience and Emily is really knowledgeable about the topic. I ‘m looking forward to presenting as well as seeing how everyone else does.

Til next time…Shhhh

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2 comments

  1. I think your blog post brings up important issues surrounding precedence. What may seem like an isolated incident–taking a book away to make one person more comfortable–could serve as evidence in the future that people could point to when they want a book taken away. So there is definitely a real risk. I think this is not a clear cut issue, though, and that some librarians have been successful appeasing individual complaints by putting a book out of sight for a while without compromising their ideals pertaining to freedom of information. Our ethics conversations have been so fascinating, and I’m glad to be thinking through these complex matters with friendly classmates before facing one of these scenarios in real life!

  2. Looking back, do you think determining the topic for the one-shot workshop would have been easier or harder without the ADDIE planning sheet? This class was the first time I had to create formal “lesson plans” via the ADDIE sheet. How important was fulfilling the ADDIE fields in deciding on your topic; did you end up making decisions because you could easily answer questions or was your decision made more based on Emily and yours interest in the dark side of weeding?

    As a librarian, how often do you think what is easier will serve as the reasoning for decision making in your position rather than what is most interesting to you as a professional?

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