Resources for the Study and Practice of Ethics




Ethics for librarians and other public sector agency professionals, including appointed and elected officials, are among the popular webinars and face-to-face programs we offer. We warn our clients that ethics teaches the importance of asking questions but does not supply easy answers.

These websites host information about codes of conduct and guidelines for librarians, government officials, and politicians, as well as community and political activists, degreed professionals, reporters and researchers, and interested employees and citizens.

Library Ethics: 

  • Everyday Ethics for Libraries video series by Pat Wagner
  • Resources on intellectual freedom from the American Library Association
  • American Association of Law Libraries Ethical Principles
  • Banned Book recommendations from the Highline Community College Library
  • Valdosta State University resources for library ethics
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ Professional Code of Ethics for Librarians (of particular interest here is the information regarding indigenous peoples, including a link to the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials)
  • Medical Library Association Code of Ethics for Health Sciences Librarianship
  • School of Library & Information Science links to professional associations 
  • ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries’ Code of Ethics for Special Collections Librarians
  • SLA Professional Ethics Guidelines

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Answering Legal Reference Questions on a Shoestring

ARSL-for-web-600pxThe Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) is one of my favorite library organizations. I have had the privilege of presenting at the national conference and working with their leaders over the years. Join us for Answering Legal Reference Questions on a Shoestring, a webinar with Paul Healey, Senior Instructional Services Librarian at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 (75 minutes)

Start times by time zone: 11:30 am (Pacific), 12:30 pm (Mountain), 1:30 pm (Central), 2:30 pm (Eastern)

Cost: $10.00

Sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) and produced by Siera: Learn. Teach. Inspire.

Click here to register and pay.

If you have problems with the link above, please cut and paste it into your browser:

  1. Click on the radio button that says Webinar Registration.
  2. Click on the button that says Next on the righthand side of the browser window. (Sometimes it likes to hide, so make sure your browser window is opened wide.) This will take you to the registration page.
  3. Click on Webinar – Answering Legal Reference Questions on a Shoestring, and then click on Next.

After you pay, you will be directed to go to the GoToWebinar link, where you will register for the webinar itself. You will not need a microphone to participate, but speakers or headphones will improve the sound quality.


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Do your library’s customers want help with legal issues?

Reference questions seeking legal information are fairly common, but most libraries do not have the materials, or the expertise, to answer such questions. This webinar will explain the ins and outs of answering such questions, including potential legal issues when providing help. We also will look briefly at the array of legal materials and resources available for free on the Internet.

Although this webinar focuses on the needs of smaller and rural libraries, the information will prove useful to any type or size institution.

Presenter Bio

Photo of Paul Healey (ARSL presenter)Paul Healey serves as Senior Instructional Services Librarian at the Jenner Law library of the University of Illinois College of Law. He teaches Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research courses in the law school, and also teaches courses on legal materials, information ethics, and library administration at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He holds a JD in law and MA in library and information science from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in library and information science from the University of Illinois.

Paul is considered a national expert on librarian professional liability and on legal issues pertaining to pro se library users. More information about Paul here.

Contact info

For more information about ARSL, contact Becky Heil at For help with GoToWebinar contact Pat Wagner at