Ethics for Records and Information Management

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The scope and reach of information, driven by the explosive growth of information technologies and content types, has expanded dramatically over the past 30 years. The consequences of these changes to records and information management (RIM) professionals are profound, necessitating not only specialized knowledge but added responsibilities. RIM professionals require a professional ethics to guide them in their daily practice and to form a basis for developing and implementing organizational policies, and Mooradian’s new book provides a rigorous outline of such an ethics. Taking an authoritative principles/rules based approach to the subject, this book comprehensively addresses

  • the structure of ethics, outlining principles, moral rules, judgements, and exceptions;
  • ethical reasoning, from meaning and logic to dilemmas and decision methods;
  • the ethical core of RIM, discussing key topics such as organizational context, the positive value of accountability, conflicts of interest, and confidentiality;
  • important ethical concerns like copyright and intellectual property, whistleblowing, information leaks, disclosure, and privacy; and
  • the relationship between RIM ethics and information governance.

An essential handbook for information professionals who manage records, archives, data, and other content, this book is also an ideal teaching text for students of information ethics.

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1    The Structure of Ethics

2    Ethical Reasoning

3    Professional Ethics

4    Management Ethics

5    Whistle-Blowing and Information Leaks

6    Information Privacy

7    Concluding Thoughts: Information Governance and Ethics

Norman A. Mooradian

Norman A. Mooradian, PhD, has had a dual career working as an academic focusing on information ethics and as an information management professional. He has worked in the information technology field for close to twenty years in the area of enterprise content management (ECM). Mooradian received PhD and MA degrees in philosophy from Ohio State University, and he has completed graduate courses in legal studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He has researched and published on issues in information technology ethics and business ethics. He has also taught ethics, business ethics, and logic and critical thinking at various colleges and universities over the last two decades. Mooradian is currently a senior solutions analyst in Konica Minolta’s ECM Division, where his responsibilities include business analysis, systems architecture, documentation, and education.

"Mooradian (senior solutions analyst, Konica Minolta) provides a solid framework of professional ethics that addresses a variety of records and information management issues, including confidentiality, conflicts of interest, intellectual property, privacy, and whistle-blowing ... Managers, records management staff, and personnel evaluation committees will find this book of value when creating policies and procedures and developing training programs for fair and responsible information management."
— Library Journal

"Here is a serious book for conscientious readers anxious to expand their understanding of ethics ... This book is aimed at readers who wish to understand ethics as a subject from the ground up—not merely what is considered ethical in particular situations. It is not scenario specific, but a carefully worded, carefully presented exposition of ethics, first as a broad subject, then, focusing on how the subject applies to professions in general, and, eventually, to discussions of how the foregoing applies to issues of particular interest to records and information managers as one type of professionals."
— Technicalities

"This book should serve admirably as a text for related coursework."
— The American Archivist

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