Creating a set of ethical guidelines holds staff and board members accountable for their actions and provides consistency among expectations for behavior.
The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History’s ethical guidelines incorporate ethical practices condoned by the museum, public history field, and the law as well as ethics tailored to the museum’s specific needs. The document is organized by the expectations for each type of personnel involved with the museum–board members, staff, volunteers, and interns.
These are further organized by the general responsibilities and potential conflicts of interest and then more specific ethical obligations for each.
Also included is an overview of collections ethics and programs.