Filtering access to the Internet in public libraries: an ethical dilemma?

Cooke, Louise and Spacey, Rachel and Muir, Adrienne and Creaser, Claire (2014) Filtering access to the Internet in public libraries: an ethical dilemma? In: Ethical Dilemmas in the Information Society. Codes of Ethics for Librarians and Archivists. Global (11). Globethics.net, pp. 179-190. ISBN 9782889310234, 9782889310241

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This paper considers the contentious question of whether or not internet access in public libraries should be filtered. It would seem that, in the UK at least, librarians and users think it should, according to findings from the Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries (MAIPLE) project. This paper uses the application of the IFLA Code of Ethics and other professional ethical guides to argue that this situation is contrary to our professional ethics, and to propose that we consider alternative approaches to protecting users from ‘harmful’ online content.

Keywords:public libraries, Ethics, professional ethics, software filtering, Internet access, internet use
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P121 Library studies
Divisions:Professional services > Vice Chancellors Office
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2016 11:00

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