Codes of Ethics

As I work through related readings for the assigned ethics paper in LS 534, I have found a handful of relevant codes, which can be placed at the intersection of healthcare and information dissemination.  Below are links to the various codes, which I have found helpful in my research.

Ultimately, a common theme throughout each, is that these codes are merely guides establishing a framework, through which professionals should complete their work.  None of these codes claim to be absolute or without gray areas.  At the end of the day, professionals in information and/or health fields need to have sufficient understanding of existing standards and policies, to determine the best response to daily interactions with patients, clients, or patrons.

MLA Code of Ethics for Health Sciences Librarianship

ALA Code of Ethics

AMIA Code of Ethics

AHIMA Code of Ethics

MLA & International Strategy

In my dream world, my ideal career in librarianship will provide me opportunities to fulfill my desire to travel the world.  After reading a blog post from the Medical Library Association’s website, I am excited to see that their mission includes international outreach and education.  The further I get into the MLIS program, the more insight I gain on what opportunities actually exist out in the field, the more excited I become for my future – while also kicking myself for not starting this program sooner! As an example, one instance of international field work being completed, is through the organization Librarians Without Borders.  This organization has held 57 workshops, in 33 different countries around the world, for professionals in the library field.

Click here to be directed to MLA’s page full of information their International Programs, and here to read the blog post I just read, related to their international aspirations and involvement.

MLA Career Center Tips

LS 534 – Brief resource post.

Listed as a helpful tool, within my LS 534 course schedule, was the link to the Medical Library Association’s Career Center page.  I recently became a student member of the association and have found their website, in it’s entirety to be a great resource for those of us MLIS students interested in the medical librarianship realm!

Shortly after I decided medical librarianship was the direction I would like my career to move, I started reaching out to my current colleagues and found that many of them had contacts whom I could learn from.  On MLA’s Career Center page, an important tip for those interested in the field is to network.  You never know in whom or where you will find a mentor, they could even be within your current professional circle – put the word out about your interest and desire to learn more, doing just that will often provide you more information and connections than you thought!

I have copied the link below to the Career Center, for those interested in checking it out 🙂

http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=355

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