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Ethics and Information Today
A Tangled Web
by Kip Currier
October 2024, 240pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-5666-2
$74.95, £58, 66€, A103
Available for purchase 30 days prior to publication.
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5667-9
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Teaches professionals in all sectors how to manage the complicated ethics of a new and fast-changing digital information landscape.

Information use is changing rapidly in the digital age, leading to complex intellectual property and ownership issues. Exploring the ethical implications of this new environment, specifically as they relate to information professionals, this book offers guidance on making ethical choices.

Today, professionals spanning all sectors of society face fast-changing information use questions related to scholarly communication, research practice, teaching pedagogies and platforms, data sharing, knowledge management, entrepreneurial endeavors, and service access and delivery. Further complicating matters are grassroots movements such as open access, open data, and open education

Building upon the foundations set in Jean Preer’s groundbreaking Library Ethics, Kip Currier surveys historical traditions and principles in ethics and brings readers into the current digital landscape, where ethical issues are often complex and confounding. Covering subjects that range from big data and hacking to surveillance and access, he explores the background of each topic and describes how, where, and why ethical dilemmas arise within it. Citing real-life examples to illustrate principles and points, Currier shows practitioners how to identify an ethical dilemma, provides guidance on how to respond, explains how to separate personal belief from professional responsibility, and discusses how to make exceptions in a principled way.


  • Introduces information professionals to ethical issues in their field, particularly those that arise in digital and online arenas
  • Helps information professionals to better understand the legal ramifications of ethical issues
  • Helps informational professionals to properly identify and address ethical issues they face
James D. (“Kip”) Currier holds a PhD, an MLS, and a JD degree. An assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, he teaches information ethics and copyright. He blogs on intellectual property and open movements at
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