IFLA has published a Code of Ethics for Librarians and other Information Workers. This code’s aims are:
• encouraging reflection on principles on which librarians and other information workers can form policies and handle dilemmas
• improving professional self-awareness
• providing transparency to users and society in general. (IFLA 2012)
The key tenets of the Code are:
1. Access to information
2. Responsibilities towards individuals and society
3. Privacy, secrecy and transparency
4. Open access and intellectual property
5. Neutrality, personal integrity and professional skills
6. Colleague and employer/employee relationship
The Code is offered as a guide to individual librarians and also as a guide to library associations and was compiled by a working group of the Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE).
It is well worth taking the time to read and absorb. Once you have…..
Do we need an international Code? Do you agree with the Code? What is missing from it or what should not have been included? Will it affect your work? Would love to read your thoughts.