Ethical dilemmas in libraries: an international perspective

Plamen Miltenoff (St Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota, USA)
Robert Hauptman (St Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota, USA)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Publication date: 1 December 2005



The authors have the purpose of surveying international librarians in order to discover whether ethical considerations are of real import in various countries.


The webmasters of 20 sites were contacted for permission to disseminate a brief survey to their members.


The results from the 17 sites surveyed were encouraging: many participants indicated an interest in ethics.

Research limitations/implications

A larger, more diverse survey could be implemented in the future.


This is perhaps the first survey of its kind. It shows that people in various countries do care about ethical issues.



Miltenoff, P. and Hauptman, R. (2005), "Ethical dilemmas in libraries: an international perspective", The Electronic Library, Vol. 23 No. 6, pp. 664-670.

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