Ethics and Electronic Information

A Festschrift for Stephen Almagno


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About the Book

Stephen Almagno’s career as a professor of library science began at the University of Pittsburgh in 1971. In 1990, he became the first professor in the United States to teach an information ethics course in a library and information science program. Almagno’s work in the area of information ethics was recognized at the 2001 “Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century” symposium held at the University of Memphis on October 18–21, 2001, upon the occasion of his retirement from the University of Pittsburgh.
The essays in this book were presented at the symposium honoring Almagno. The first section of the book features papers that pay special tribute to Almagno. The second contains papers on library issues and ethics, such as the ethics of electronic information in China and eastern Europe, the organizations that represent information professionals, the ethics of user privacy in the digital library, and ethical implications of e-commerce, to name just a few. The third section covers topical issues, such as Internet plagiarism, ethical hacking and the security justification, social democracy and information media policy, and the ethics of dialogue, among others.

About the Author(s)

Barbara Rockenbach is the assistant director of Library Relations at ARTstor in New York.
Tom Mendina is a librarian at the University of Memphis, and the chairman of EEI21–MEMPHIS.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Barbara Rockenbach and Tom Mendina
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 215
Bibliographic Info: tables, notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1409-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8420-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     vii

An Homage to Stephen Almagno

1 Stephen Almagno: Biography and Bibliography     3

2 Stephen Almagno: A Reminiscence     13

3 Ma Position Intellectuelle     16

4 My Response to Ma Position Intellectuelle     25

5 Ma Position Intellectuelle: A Discourse-Specific Response     30

6 Ethical Reflections     39

Library Issues

7 An Ethos of Trust in Information Service     45

8 The Ethics of Electronic Information in China and in Eastern Europe     53

9 The Organizations That Represent Information Professionals: Form, Function, and Professional Ethics     59

10 Preserving a Secret Garden for the Mind: The Ethics of User Privacy in the Digital Library     74

11 Libraries in the World of E-Commerce: Technological Opportunities and Ethical Implications     82

12. Intracultural Reciprocity, Information Ethics, and the Survival of Librarianship in the 21st Century     94

13. Universal Bibliographic Control—A Contradiction in Terms? A Reflection on the Ethical Problems and Dilemmas of Universal Bibliographic Control     108

14. It Is Not Just a Matter of Ethics II: An Examination of Issues Related to the Ethical Provision of Consumer Heath Services in Public Libraries     119

Topical Issues

15 The Internet: Plagiarism’s Newest Accomplice?     131

16 Watermarking: From Ethics to Praxis     138

17 Ethical Hacking: The Security Justification     148

18 Social Democracy and Information Media Policy     154

19. Internet User Dependence and the Duty of Loyalty

      Ian R. Kerr      166

20. Clashes Between Businesses and Consumers Over Unsolicited Commercial E-Mails

      Byung S. Lee and Wonhi Synn      177

21. An Ethics for the Electronic World: The Ethics of Dialogue

      Maria Antonieta Lopes Vigário      196

About the Contributors      205

Index      211

Book Reviews & Awards

“thought-provoking…timely and relevant…recommended”—Library Journal; “quite timely…well-written…highly recommended…easy-to-read…insightful”—C&RL News; “comprehensive overview…excellent”—SRRT Newsletter; “recommended”—Public Library Quarterly; “useful”—Libraries & The Cultural Record.