Hi everyone,


Do you have a free Sunday afternoon slot at ALA Annual? Please join us for a thoughtful, stimulating talk on Ethical Dilemmas in Collection Development of Open Access Electronic Resources, by Amanda Echterling of Virginia Commonwealth University.


Time + Place:

Sunday, June 24, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Morial Convention Center, Room 281-282



Ethical Dilemmas in Collection Development of Open Access Electronic Resources



Amanda Echterling, Head of Licensing and Acquisitions, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries


Program Description:

All across the nation, universities are being called into critical conversations about social justice. The ALA Code of Ethics calls on librarians to “uphold the principles of intellectual freedom” and “distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties.” Our ethics shape our engagement in these critical conversations. In my presentation, I will address the ethical dilemmas raised in open access electronic resources from predatory journals, to article processing charges (APCs), to xenophobic collections. We will discuss how our professional ethics are applicable to and stretched by the goals of open access. Real examples of ethical dilemmas will be shared for open discussion.

Moderator and interest group chair: Michael Rodriguez, Licensing & Acquisitions Librarian, University of Connecticut, who apologies for all this cross-posting.


Thanks and see you there!




Michael Rodriguez

Licensing & Acquisitions Librarian

University of Connecticut

369 Fairfield Way U-1005B | Storrs, CT 06269

michael.a.rodriguez@uconn.edu | 860-486-9325

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