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Professional Ethics

  • What Would You Do? Ethics Question 11

    A client is searching an electronic database on a library computer, and you can see he is using less than optimal terminology and a search strategy that is getting poor retrieval. You offer to help, but he says he is doing just fine and does not need your help. What would you do?

    Here's how participants at an MLA '14 open forum answered:

  • What Would You Do? Ethics Question 10

    A teenager asks about the prognosis for and the genetic transmission of Huntington's Disease. She says her mother was just diagnosed with Huntington's but has not really told her about it, and she wants to know more. What would you do?

    Here's how participants at an MLA '14 open forum answered:

  • What Would You Do? Ethics Question 9

    A patron, who is extremely pleased with and grateful for the help you provided with his research, sends you a thank you note with a $50 bill enclosed. What would you do?

    Here's how participants at an MLA '14 open forum answered:

  • What Would You Do?

    Ethics may seem straightforward in theory, but can get a lot more complicated when you're faced with a real-life issue. The following scenarios, submitted by MLA members as part of a survey conducted by the Ethical Awareness Task Force, highlight some of the ethical questions that may come up in the course of our work as health sciences librarians. 

    What would you do? See what others thought and share your opinion in the comments on each page.