ACRL Committee on Ethics announces new discussion list

Contact: Dawn Mueller


For Immediate Release

October 31, 2005

ACRL Committee on Ethics announces new discussion list

CHICAGO - The ACRL Committee on Ethics announces the establishment of a new discussion list, ETHICSFORUM, to stimulate discussion among librarians about ethical issues within academic librarianship. At the Annual Conference 2005 in Chicago, committee members determined that an open discussion list would be a useful tool to create greater awareness of ethical questions in the academic library.

The discussion list will offer an ideal venue for debating critical topics with ethical dimensions in academic librarianship (e.g., copyright, privacy, and freedom of speech). As an added benefit, the discussion list can allow librarians to examine ethical questions within the context of the existing ALA Code of Ethics and explore the desirability of drafting a supplemental code specific to academic and research libraries. People wishing to subscribe to ETHICSFORUM may do so at

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.