A global perspective on library association codes of ethics

Shachaf, Pnina A global perspective on library association codes of ethics. Library & Information Science Research, 2005, vol. 27, n. 4, pp. 513-533. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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This study of 28 countries involves comparative content analysis of the English versions of codes of ethics proposed by professional associations. It yielded an empirically grounded typology of principles arranged in twenty categories. The most frequently identified principles were professional development, integrity, confidentiality or privacy, and free and equal access to information. While confidentiality and privacy, and equal access to information, appear in all existing typologies of library and information science ethics, other principles, such as copyright and intellectual property, democracy, and responsibility toward society, which appear in almost all other typologies, were evident in fewer than half of the codes. This empirical study provides a global perspective on library association code of ethics.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: information ethics, ethics, librarians, code of ethics, library associations, library ethics, international librarianship, global librarianship
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AZ. None of these, but in this section.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > EE. Intellectual freedom.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > EF. Censorship.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DZ. None of these, but in this section.
G. Industry, profession and education. > GH. Education.
F. Management. > FZ. None of these, but in this section.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BC. Information in society.
G. Industry, profession and education. > GZ. None of these, but in this section.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DA. World libraries.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BF. Information policy
Depositing user: Pnina Shachaf
Date deposited: 08 Feb 2007
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:06
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/8941


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