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OLA 2015: Ethics in Action: Law Enforcement
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Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sponsor: Ethics Committee

Urgent situations call for fast thinking. Is your library trained to handle interactions with police? Join us for a panel discussion that focuses on the ethical implications of law enforcement and the library.

Tom RinkTom Rink came to the library world from a truly alternative path – he was a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Seven years into his law enforcement career and feeling a bit burned out, hedecided to go back to school to get his Masters in Library and Information Studies. He was thinking "career-change" all the way and had never even harbored the possibility of being able to use the degree at the police department. So when the opportunity presented itself to build a library from scratch for the police department, Tom eagerly embraced this new role. Tom managed the TPD Resource Center as a solo librarian from 1994 until he concluded his 25-year career with the police department and retired in April of 2007.

Tom has since moved on to an academic setting (as of November 2007) and is now an Instructor for Library Services at Northeastern State University (on the Broken Arrow Campus) where his duties include resource coordination/collection development, information literacy instruction, coordinator of reserves for the Broken Arrow campus, reference, and other administrative duties as required. In addition, he liaises with the faculty from the College of Liberal Arts (including English, Criminal Justice, and Social Work) as well as with the faculty from the College of Science and Health Professions (including Nursing, Biology, and Chemistry).

Tom has been an active member of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) since he first joined in the mid-90s and has held numerous leadership positions at every level (chapter, division, and association). Tom was named a Fellow of SLA in 2005, is a Library Journal "Mover & Shaker" (also in 2005), was the 2014 recipient of SLA's Leadership and Management Division's Karen J. Switt Leadership Award, and Tom is the current President-elect of SLA (as of January 1, 2015).

Wayne HanwayWayne Hanway has been a library director since 1974, has been Executive Director of the Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma since 1991, and is a past president of OLA. He served two terms as chair of the OLA Ethics Committee. Hanway has been a mentor in the University of the South’s Education for Ministry program for over 25 years, and has extensive experience in addressing ethical problems through the process of theological reflection. He says that ethics is primarily about how to deal with conflicting values, so recognizing the differing values involved can clear the way to resolving many difficult issues.

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