I volunteered to be the note taker for the open forum on ethics that was held at the MLA annual meeting in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago. Those notes are now up on the MLA Connections blog. Rachel's notes, which include tweets from the session, can be found on the Official MLA meeting blog.
Earlier today I spoke with Lucretia about how we're going to proceed. There are four broad areas:
- Potential revisions to the MLA Code of Ethics itself
- Potential revisions to MLA Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest policy
- Review of MLA Business Practices pertaining to relationships with vendors
- Draft of "preferred practices" for vendors in their marketing & advertising efforts, particularly in relation to activities at the annual meeting
We hope to have a final set of recommendations ready to go to the Board of Directors by mid-August so that they can be considered at the Board's September meeting.
I thought the discussion at the open forum was very good, and we will be incorporating many of the ideas that came up as we prepare our final report. We would still like to get additional ideas and feedback, however, so I'd welcome any additional comments or questions here, or on the posts at the Connections blog or the MLA meeting blog.