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By David McMenemy

This ebook appears to be like in any respect of the moral matters dealing with details and library execs in a single overarching, and practically-focused, textual content. As such, it truly is of significant profit to either practitioners and to LIS scholars. the point of interest of the e-book is two-fold: (1) It includes a distinct dialogue of the problems that impression at the day-today perform of data staff within the twenty first century; and (2) comprises case stories discussing strength recommendations to moral difficulties confronted. The publication presents sections which paintings like flowcharts prime from moral concerns via determination issues to proposed recommendations in keeping with the literature/case experiences. this can be a hugely resource that offers applicable entry to strength ideas for daily queries.

  • Despite the insurance of moral matters in books on copyright, freedom of knowledge, public web entry, and information defense, this publication fills the distance in drawing all of this knowledge jointly, as one sourcebook
  • The ebook can be utilized for normal reference
  • Does now not provide felony suggestion in line with se, yet explains a few of the eventualities which were utilised for various moral difficulties within the workplace

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This is equally true for those librarians who work in the private sector. To be placed in a position of trust where one is charged with purchasing resources for use by others places a heavy responsibility on an individual. To abuse this trust in any way is ethically unacceptable, and may indeed be against the law. Although not normally legally problematic, to abuse the trust of purchasing materials by buying books or other media only because you favour them personally is also unethical. At least one of the authors of 22 The librarian and ethics this book knows of a librarian in the past with particular interests who ensured that his library had a significant set of holdings in that topic not through necessity but through personal interest.

Obviously as long as all materials that are similar are similarly catalogued and classified within the same library then there is no major issue here, but the arrangement of the title places the item within that library’s organisation of the collected knowledge it stores. Its placement within that structure has ethical implications. Consider, for example, the controversy over intelligent design and creationism versus evolution, an ongoing ethical issue for many librarians, especially in North America.

Intellectual property issues The issues around intellectual property are discussed in detail in Chapter 5. For the moment it is enough to note that the tension that surrounds intellectual property is based on the pressure to protect the creative endeavour that has gone into producing a work versus the librarian’s desire to allow access. This tension has existed for as long as there has been commercial publishing, but the digital age makes the challenge a difficult one to manage. The full text of a book can be e-mailed in a second to thousands of recipients across the world, and each recipient can then e-mail it to others.

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