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