Intellectual Freedom and Professional Ethics in Libraries

Friday, March 29, 2019 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
IHLS - Carbondale Service Center- South-- Room 107D
IHLS - Champaign - Large Conference/Training Room
IHLS - Edwardsville - Large Meeting Room
Illinois State Library
Zoom - IHLS

Have you faced ethical challenges in your library? Do you struggle to balance intellectual freedom, social justice, and the politics of your community? Please join us for a full day of professional development designed to educate, empower, and encourage library professionals as we handle this important aspect of our work.

In the morning, we welcome James LaRue, streaming live from Colorado. Jamie is the CEO of LaRue and Associates and former Director of the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation. Mr. LaRue will discuss the Library Bill of Rights, its connection to intellectual freedom and social justice and how to advocate for these things in your community. Questions from participants are welcomed and encouraged. Find more information on both presentations on the attached flyer.

Following a lunch break, University of Nebraska-Omaha Library Science Professor, Erica Rose, will be at the Edwardsville location and will facilitate discussion of professional ethics in libraries, including exploring real-world case studies about daily ethical challenges in libraries. Bring your own ethical experiences to share and work through with your peers.

Event Schedule

9:00-9:30 Coffee and Mingle
9:30-10:00 Welcoming Remarks
10:00-11:30 Intellectual Freedom Presentation by Jamie LaRue
11:30-11:45 UNO Library Science Program Promotion
11:45-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-1:30 Professional Ethics Presentation by Erica Rose
1:30-3:00 Professional Ethics Small Group Discussion

  • This training opportunity is sponsored by Illinois Heartland Library System, Morrison-Talbott Library, Six Mile Regional Library District and University of Nebraska-Omaha.

  • The program is free, and fully accessible online via Zoom or in person at viewing parties held at the IHLS Service Centers in Carbondale, Champaign, and Edwardsville, and at the Illinois State Library.

  • Lunch at the Edwardsville IHLS office will be sponsored by Six Mile Regional Library District. Lunch on your own at Champaign and Carbondale service centers or if attending online.

  • Please register by 3/25/19.

  • Online registrants will be emailed a Zoom link before March 29th.

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