Resolutions

Adopting Thomas Jefferson’s pledge of “Eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man” as its motto, the Louis Round Wilson Academy approved its first general resolutions (statements) on ethics and openness – two topics of special concern for those responsible for the future stewardship of recorded knowledge - on April 27 and 28, 2006.

The Statement on Ethics includes principles related to personal integrity, honesty and respect for diverse perspectives; maintaining the vital role of public trust; validation of the authenticity of all materials; respect; and a commitment to service.

Academy members also agreed that access to information should be freely and easily available to all, with due regard for safety and human rights. The principles adopted in the Statement on Openness encourages open access to the world’s knowledge, with a balanced regard and respect for the appropriateness and dangers inherent in archives and other collections withheld from public view, and regard for the necessity of restricted access to certain forms of information.

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At its fall meeting held October 13, 2006, the Louis Round Wilson Academy adopted its third resolution, “Statement on Education, The Knowledge Trust and its Stewards.” The principles adopted in the Statement on Education, The Knowledge Trust and its Stewards resolves to serve the needs of all those who would learn and teach to improve all humankind.