Ethical Issues in Library and Information Science Profession in Nigeria: An Appraisal

Ethical Issues in Library and Information Science Profession in Nigeria: An Appraisal

Afolayan Oluyinka Titilope (University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/IJLIS.2017070102
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Abstract

Library and information science professional play an extremely important role in the society. However, in discharging their responsibilities and duties, core ethical principles are expected to be upheld by librarians and information workers as outlined in the professional codes of ethics. The aim of this paper is to appraise core ethical issues in library and information science profession in Nigeria. This paper discusses core ethical principle in library and information science profession such as universal access to information, intellectual property rights, intellectual freedom, copyright/fair use and privacy/confidentiality among others. This paper further identified ethical challenges confronting library and information science professionals in Nigeria. This paper concludes that regardless of the ethical challenges confronting library and information science professionals in Nigeria, the professional codes of ethics should be upheld.
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Ethics is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending and recommending ways of right and wrong conduct. It investigates the following questions: (i) what is the best way of people to live? (ii) What actions are right or wrong in particular circumstances? (iii) It resolves questions of human morality by defining concept of good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime).

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