Do RFIDs (radio frequency identifier devices) provide new ethical dilemmas for librarians and information professionals?

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dc.contributor.author Thornley, Clare V.
dc.contributor.author Gibb, Forbes
dc.contributor.author Ferguson, Stuart
dc.contributor.author Weckert, John
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-10T15:16:38Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-10T15:16:38Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd en
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Information Management en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3606
dc.description.abstract Abstract: This paper provides an analysis of the current and potential ethical implications of RFID technology for the library and information professions. These issues are analysed as a series of ethical dilemmas, or hard-to-resolve competing ethical obligations, which the librarian has in relationship to information objects, library users and the wider social and political environment or state. A process model of the library is used as a framework for the discussion to illustrate the relationship between the different participants in the library system and it is argued that ethical analysis should involve the identification of future developments as well as current issues. The analysis shows that RFIDs do currently pose some dilemmas for librarians in terms of the conflicts between efficient service, privacy of users and an obligation to protect the safety of society as a whole, and that these are likely to become more problematic as the technology develops. This paper is part 2 of a series of papers on RFIDs and the library and information professions. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Information Management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in The International Journal of Information Management., 31 (6): 546-555 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2011.02.006 en
dc.subject RFIDS en
dc.subject Information ethics en
dc.subject Privacy en
dc.subject Ethical dilemmas en
dc.subject Library management en
dc.subject.lcsh Radio frequency identification systems--Moral and ethical aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Information technology--Moral and ethical aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Library administration en
dc.subject.lcsh Libraries--Technological innovations en
dc.title Do RFIDs (radio frequency identifier devices) provide new ethical dilemmas for librarians and information professionals? en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2011.02.006 en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 31 en
dc.identifier.issue 6 en
dc.identifier.startpage 546 en
dc.identifier.endpage 555 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2011.02.006
dc.neeo.contributor Thornley|Clare V.|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Gibb|Forbes|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Ferguson|Stuart|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Weckert|John|aut| en
dc.description.admin ke, ab - kpw6/12/11 en


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