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Standard 3-2 Reflection

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Standard 3.2 Instructional partner
Candidates model, share, and promote ethical and legal principles of education and librarianship.  Candidates acknowledge the importance of participating on school and district committees and in faculty staff development opportunities.




            The Ethical Policies project in ISTC 601 provides numerous policies at the county, state, and national level on ethical and legal principals within the library.  These policies should be used within the media center for promoting the ethical use of information and students’ rights within the media center.  Many of the local county policies are to protect students over the Internet, the only one I found for Baltimore County that does not is the Selection Policy.

            At the state level, a committee released a report in 2007 Preparing Maryland for information literacy, ethical use and academic integrity.  The report offers recommendations for P-12 students, higher education students, and the community.  Some parts mention incorporating the library media specialist in the creation of guidelines or serving on a committee related to academic integrity and technology.  They also include that school librarians should reinforce and review “Sound research and citation practices”.  The entire report shows the need for the incorporation of librarians into the promotion of academic integrity within schools.  This also shows the importance of the librarian’s role on committees, especially those involving academic integrity.

            On the national level lies the Freedom of Information Act, Children’s Internet Protection Act, Code of Ethics of the American Library Association, Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read statement by ALA, and the ALA Policy Manual.  The national document, which provides the most information on librarianship and library principals, is the ALA Policy Manual.  This document protects student’s privacy and freedom to read under its guidelines.  If I could I would post the document in my library in the future, but I do not think it would be able to fit, though I would post the more important freedom/privacy statements within the policy.  I will also be posting the Library Bill of Rights so students will know what freedoms they have in the library.

            In my secondary placement, I conducted a few lessons on copyright and citation, however I wished I could have had time to do a more in depth lesson.  These policies bring up issues regarding academic integrity and I will use the information provided in these documents to address those issues in the future.  My mentor had the BCPS Telecommunications Policy as a poster in the library, and I hope to include this along with other pertinent policies students should be aware of, in my own library.

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