Examines the ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in digital libraries, and the codes of conduct, professional guidelines and ethics resources used in resolving them. Begins with an overview of classical and applied ethics, then reviews the codes of conduct of professional information societies (libraries, archivists, information technology). Examines issues and situations that arise in digitization and digital library management, and explores the ways established information ethics can be applied and adapted to these cases. Areas covered include ethical questions in selection of materials, intellectual property, funding, standards, site design, open access initiatives, journal licensing, collaborative projects, digital preservation, outsourcing, and one's responsibilities to one's employer/institution, one's patrons/users, funding agencies, professional associations and the worldwide information community. Includes: interviews with experts involved in various aspects of digital libraries; and a survey of major digital library programs about the role ethics plays in the formulation of their policies and procedures.
An introduction to ethical theory and applied ethics; Professional codes of ethics in the information professions; Ethics and digitisation policies; Ethics in selection of materials to digitise; Ethics and funding; Ethics and digital collaborations; Ethics and digitisation standards; Ethics in the digitisation process; Ethics and digital preservation; Ethics and access; Ethics and digital library management; Ethics for twenty-first century librarians.