In order to lessen the appearance of ethics violations in Congress, the Congressional Ethics Committee is to be disbanded. --Will Durst, political satirist
I found the above quote in the piece Will wrote on January 24th. I laughed at first. I mean, he WAS trying to be funny. But in light of some of the research I've done in the last couple of weeks - business ethics - oy vey! That comment, IMHO, could be clairvoyant. So how does this relate to the library?
Primarily, I've been mentoring a young lady who is interested in getting her MS in LIS and I discovered that one of our departments has an opening, which I told her about. Not a big deal. BUT, I needed to know what I could and couldn't say/do in terms of hiring practices. Could I, for instance, tell the department head that someone I knew was applying for the job? In essence, what actions were ethical and which were not? Some of the things one might think are OK, might not be. So, that was my business ethics research.
Am still reading Ambient Findability and picked up the new David Kline book, Blog!. I can't believe I'm reading non-fiction.
I "volunteered" to help with National Library Week festivities. This is something I've never done before. Planning parties, presentations - I've done that. But this particular event is SO central, it seems, to our collective identity as librarians. I suppose it's no different than Engineers Week in February or National Women's History Month (oh yeah, that'll be another post).
Finally, I've convinced some of my faculty (so proprietary, Durst!) to link to blogs from our subject guides and perhaps from their internal class web pages. It's another way to grab student's attention and it gives the faculty more access to participate in discussions taking place around the world. Blogs vetted by Durst. EGAD!