Information Ethics: Reflection and Practice

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A comprehensive examination of ethical issues in library and information work, this book considers the overarching ethical concepts that impact all library and information professionals and will be of interest to both practitioners and students. Practical guidance to ethical dilemmas is provided through discussion of international real-world examples of actual ethical situations throughout the text. Topics include:

  • Figures and philosophies of information ethics
  • Professional associations and professionalism
  • Freedom of access and expression
  • Understanding user needs
  • Protection of ideas and the cultural record
  • Managing technology

A resource guide and suggestions for further reading are provided, and model policies that can be used by practitioners to support ethical practice are included as appendices.

1. Introduction: ethics and the library and information professional
2. Information ethics - figures and philosophies
3. Professional associations and professionalism
4. Freedom of access and expression
5. Understanding user needs
6. Protection of ideas and the cultural record
7. Information ethics and democracy
8. Managing technology
9. Conclusions
10. Further reading
11. Model AUPs
12. Model stock development policies
13. Model diversity policies
14. Model mission statements

David McMenemy

David McMenemy BA(Hons) MSc MCLIP FHEA is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde. He has over 10 years' experience in public libraries, with roles in reference and lending services, digitization, and, finally, working on the roll-out programme for the People's Network in a large city service. He is a former editor of Library Review and has co-authored several books for Facet Publishing including Delivering Digital Services: a handbook for public libraries and learning centres, Librarianship: an introduction and The Public Library Training Handbook: a frontline service delivery manual.