Library Trends 40 (2) Fall 1991: Ethics and the Dissemination of Information


Library Trends 40 (2) Fall 1991: Ethics and the Dissemination of Information. Edited by Robert Hauptman.

Ethical concerns have always played a seminal role in the traditional professions, but it is only fairly recently that librarians have manifested any interest in ethics. This issue of Library Trends is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of the broad and diverse range of subjects subsumed under the rubric of ethics, but rather a series of essays on some of the most important and intellectually stimulating of these topics. Many of the authors have already contributed to the growing body of literature on information ethics, and it is hoped that these new essays will stimulate further discussion of those topics that will be most influential during the coming decade. These include the dissemination of scholarly information and a reevaluation of the peer review process; patron confidentiality; conflict of interest; technology; and information liability, including the possibility of malpractice suits.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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