7 September 2017

Strengthening Professional Conduct and Ethics among LIS Professionals in Sri Lanka: An IFLA/BSLA Workshop by the Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA)

On 16 February 2017, an IFLA/BSLA workshop took place at the Uva Provincial Library Services Board (UPLSB) in Badulla, Sri Lanka. It was organized by the Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA) with the support of IFLA’s Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) programme.

The topic of the workshop was: Professional Conduct and Ethics (PCE) among Library and Information Science (LIS) Professionals in Sri Lanka. Aiming to continue building an ethical library and information profession, it consisted particularly of discussions about SLLA’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics and case studies to help put the code in practice.

The workshop brought together 40 library and information professionals from the public library sector, and was honored by the presence of local government officials opening the event. Their presence showed the growing collaboration between the SLLA and the government, a clear sign of a stronger library association.

Participants had the opportunity to learn about the PCE and engage in interesting discussions. The lectures were carried out in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages, and followed the same format than previous editions of the workshop offered earlier in Colombo and Jaffna.

After the event, participants were asked for their feedback to the SLLA, with an 80% response rate:

  • All respondents were clear about the objectives of the workshop.
  • 87% of the respondents agreed that the planning of the workshop was effective.
  • 84% agreed that the content was comprehensive or highly comprehensive to understand SLLA’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
  • 95% of participants expressed their clear understanding of the content.
  • 96% said that case studies discussed were relevant or highly relevant and can be applicable to their situation.
  • 93% agreed that the workshop materials were adequate to understand the content.
  • 90% agreed that the activities were relevant to the content discussed and appreciated the way the workshop was conducted.
  • All participants were satisfied with their involvement and gained understanding of the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics through this workshop.
  • Most participants verbally expressed that the workshop would benefit from a longer duration.
  • All participants said they will make sure to apply the Code in their daily work at libraries.

Source: Mr. P. B. Gallaba, SLLA UPLSB and BSLA UVA Province Workshop Coordinator

Professional development, Sri Lanka, ethics, professional conduct, Code of Ethics, Professional ethics

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