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The summary below was published today by The Journal of Academic Librarianship.


Ethical Issues and Learning Analytics: Are Academic Library Practitioners Prepared?


Kyle ML Jones
Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Journal of Academic Librarianship

DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2022.102621


University libraries are involved in the collection and analysis of student data. Under the aegis of learning analysis, these practices aim to develop an understanding of how libraries contribute to student learning, the educational experience, and the effective functioning of academic institutions. Learning analytics, however, is fraught with ethical issues, which are made more complex by the high degree of ethics that library practitioners embrace as part of their professional values. This article discusses the results of a survey of academic library practitioners. The survey identifies the ethical issues that practitioners associate with learning analytics and the degree to which they are prepared to address these issues. The discussion suggests ways forward to address knowledge and practice gaps.

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Additional Items

By Kyle ML Jones and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Full Text: New Methods, New Needs: Preparing Academic Library Practitioners to Address the Ethical Issues Associated with Learning Analytics (2020)

By Kyle ML Jones, Kristin A. Briney, Abigail Goben, Dorothea Salo, Andrew Asher and Michael R. Perry

Full Text: A comprehensive introduction to library learning privacy practices, initiatives, and issues (2020) (via C&RL)

Filed Under: Academic Libraries, Data Files, Libraries, News

About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.

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