Wyoma vanDuinkerken is the coordinator of cataloging record support and an associate professor at Texas A&M University Libraries. She has also been interim head of cataloging staff, coordinator of monographs acquisitions, reference librarian for Islamic studies, and project leader for the implementation of virtual reference at Texas A&M. Before that, she managed documentation and support and customer service response for a library software company in Canada and worked with the Office of Strategic Business Initiatives of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, managing an extensive project portfolio.
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- About the Authors
The study of ethics, essential for effective acquisitions librarians and collection managers, is largely missing from standard library science curriculum. New library professionals must learn about ethics in librarianship on the job, supplemented by reading, attending conferences, and participating in webinars. Guide to Ethics in Acquisitions provides an historical perspective on ethics related to acquisitions of library materials and gives practical examples of situations that require thoughtful consideration of ethical behavior. Ethical issues include:
- conflict of interest,
- vendor relations,
- intellectual freedom,
- access, and
The Guide also examines
- different ethical codes in librarianship,
- how these codes have evolved to reflect the changes in library practice, and
- how they impact acquisitions and related activities.
While the primary focus is on acquisitions, some of these ethical issues have direct impact on the larger collection management of the library. Consequently, the Guide also examines a collection management perspective, but only insofar as it is related to acquisitions. Written from the perspective of an academic library, the Guide to Ethics in Acquisitions can easily be used by those working in other types of libraries, such as school, public, or special.
Organization of the Guide
Definition of EthicsPersonal and Societal ValuesLegal Ethics (State and Federal)Professional Ethics
Brief History of the Association for Library Collections and Technical ServicesReason for Acquisitions FocusGuidance from Twelve Statements
Intellectual FreedomCollecting Materials According to Collection Development PoliciesSelection StageScope of ContentReceipt of MaterialsChecks and BalancesSecurity of MaterialsCost of PreservationStorage of MaterialEthics of Collection Access
The Legal Landscape of Privacy and ConfidentialityWhen Library Best Practices Violate Patron PrivacyRecommendations