Children’s Author and Librarian
• In general, ethics is the philosophical
examination, from a moral standpoint,
of particular issues activities in private
and public life that are matters of moral
• Business ethics is a form of applied
ethics or professional ethics that
examines ethical principles and moral
or ethical problems that arise in a
Ethical codes are established for those
professional which require a high level of
What and why?
What are our ethical principles?
The conduct of members should be
characterised by the following
general principles and values:
• Concern for the public good in all
professional matters, including
respect for diversity within
society, and the promoting of
equal opportunities and human
What are our ethical principles?
• Concern for the good reputation of the
• Commitment to the defence, and the
advancement, of access to information,
ideas and works of the imagination.
• Provision of the best
possible service within
• Concern for balancing the
needs of actual and
potential users and the
reasonable demands of
• Equitable treatment of all
• Impartiality, and avoidance
of inappropriate bias, in
acquiring and evaluating
information and in
mediating it to other
• Respect for confidentiality
and privacy in dealing with
• Concern for the
preservation of our
information heritage in all
• Respect for, and
understanding of, the
integrity of information
items and for the
intellectual effort of those
who created them.
• Commitment to
maintaining and improving
skills and competences.
• Respect for the skills and
competences of all others,
employers or colleagues.
• Why is this important?
“The ethical code is offered in the belief that:
Librarianship is, in its very essence, an ethical activity
embodying a value-rich approach to professional work
with information. The need to share ideas and
information has grown more important with the
increasing complexity of society in recent centuries and
this provides a rationale for libraries and the practice of
“The core mission of librarians and other
information workers is to ensure open and
unbiased access to information for all for
personal development, education, cultural
enrichment, leisure, economic activity and
informed participation in and enhancement of
“Librarians and other information workers are
strictly committed to neutrality and an unbiased
stance regarding collection, access and service.
Neutrality results in the most balanced collection
and the most balanced access to information
“Librarians and other information workers
should treat each other with fairness and
respect. Librarians and other information
workers should strive to earn a reputation and
status based on their professionalism and ethical
behaviour. They should not compete with
colleagues by the use of unfair methods.”
Who are we?
• CILIP Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct
• IFLA Ethical codes for librarians
• ALA – Ethical principles
“The role of information institutions and professionals, including libraries and librarians, in modern society is to support the optimisation of the recording and representation of information and to provide access to it. This is in the interest of social, cultural and economic well-being, and is at the heart of librarianship.”
IFLA - 2012
Librarians and other information workers ensure that the right of accessing information is not denied and that equitable services are provided for everyone whatever their age, citizenship, political belief, physical or mental ability, gender identity, heritage, education, income, immigration and asylum-seeking status, marital status, origin, race, religion or sexual orientation.
Looking at the code and refreshing them to ensure that they are fit for purpose and right for 21st century library provision.