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

Abstract

Purpose

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

Design/methodology/approach

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

Findings

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.

Originality/value

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

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Citation

Miltenoff, P. and Hauptman, R. (2005), "Ethical dilemmas in libraries: an international perspective", The Electronic Library, Vol. 23 No. 6, pp. 664-670. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640470510635746

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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