Interview with a system director of a rural county . . .
- Can you describe a recent professional situation that you experienced that you thought might be unethical or had the potential to become ethically gray?
- A patron disclosed to one of our branch librarians that a volunteer made his girls feel uncomfortable, although nothing specific had occurred. This meeting was held in the libraries conference room which had glass doors. The volunteer in question was the son of one of the staff members, who was aware of the meeting. The director would not disclose to the staff person the nature of the meeting; but the staff member had a feeling it was about her son. The director came to me and we discussed the situation. Should the director go directly to the volunteer, although the staff member (his mother) had arranged for his volunteer service for that program? Should the director go to the staff member, since she had made the arrangements and ask her to address the issue with her ‘volunteer,’ also her son? Nothing specific was reported – just an uncomfortable feeling – so should it be addressed at all? This was a particular awkward situation for all of us.