1989: Ethics and the Librarian

 

Allerton Park Institute Proceedings (no. 31, 1989); Edited by F.W. Lancaster

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was the catalyst that established the theme for the Twenty-First Allerton Institute, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Allerton House, October 29-31, 1989. The FBI's Library Awareness Program, if it had any merit, did raise a significant ethical conflict between the librarian's responsibility to preserve the confidentiality surrounding use of library materials and his or her responsibility as a citizen of the United States. The FBI's activities, along with an apparent increase in interest in ethical matters in society as a whole, suggested "professional ethics" as an appropriate theme for a conference of librarians in 1989.

The complete text of the Institute is available here as well as the individual papers. The papers included here are:

The Proceedings of the Allerton Park Institute have been digitized through the Open Content Alliance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • White, Herbert S. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991)
    This is not a paper on historical developments of ethics, better left to individuals far better qualified than the author. Suffice to say that the confusion and difficulty surrounding the topic continues to this day. ...

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  • Wessells, Michael B. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991)
    Practically, it is a waste of energy and poor strategy to engage in warfare before seeking a peaceful and mutually beneficial solution. Ethically, the librarian's code requires that he or she provide "the highest level ...

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  • Wengert, Robert G. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991)
    The final session of this conference, perhaps the highlight of the entire event, was not a formal paper. Professor Wengert facilitated a discussion among participants of some ethical questions he had formulated. The ...

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  • Shields, Gerald R. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991)
    Such blatant manipulation of the facts by the FBI seems to point to mere justification for a "fishing expedition" and a cynical awareness that the very idea planted in the public mind that the FBI is watching the use ...

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