Code of Ethics

Ethical considerations, in terms of collections, play a crucial part in the development of your policy. Museums need to possess an understanding of what can be considered a conflict of interest, and know the difference between a code of ethics and a legal standard. Libraries are mandated to include intellectual freedom statements and the Library Bill of Rights in their policy. In this module, you will hear about the ethical requirements you should include in your policy. Additionally, you will learn how to integrate the policy into the overall organizational planning of your institution.

Code of Ethics and Other Institutional Documents from the Museum Point-of-View webinar is presented by Myriam Springuel, Program Manager, Florida Association of Museums.
Library Point-of-View is presented by Burt Altman, University Librarian/Archivist, Florida State University Libraries, Division of Special Collections and Archives.

Webinar Length: 38 min. 52 sec.
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Worksheet for Code of Ethics: A separate worksheet has been developed for this activity.  

Stranahan House - Code of Ethics (.pdf)

University of Florida - Florida Museum of Natural History - Code of Ethics (.pdf)
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Online Resources
American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Developing an Institutional Code of Ethics

American Library Association (ALA), Censorship and First Amendment Issues

American Library Association, Code of Ethics

Florida Museum of Natural History, Code of Ethics

Speaker Biography
Myriam Springuel brings 30 years of experience in museum planning, management, exhibitions, education, and staff training. She now facilitates and implements strategic planning, collections interpretation, and related staff and board training. Previously, as Associate Director for Programs at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), she was responsible for 60 exhibitions annually that travel to museums of all sizes and disciplines. Myriam is a frequent presenter at conferences, lectures internationally, and has published in museum journals and newsletters. She has served as a grant reviewer and on national advisory committees, as well as on the boards of professional organizations. She holds a MA in Art History from the University of Maryland.

Burt Altman is University Librarian at Florida State University Libraries, Special Collections Department, where he has worked since 1981. Among his many presentations, Burt authored and presented, Batten Down the Hatches: Protecting Your Family Records During Hurricane Season. He has a MA in History from Adelphi University, an MLS in Library Science from C.W. Post Center, and a BA in Political Science from Ithaca College. He received archivist certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists, Society of American Archivists.

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