If we want to talk
about information ethics,
why talk about libraries and archives at all?





Ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues.

(Source: Velasquez et al, Issues in Ethics)



What are the most important institutions & organizations that deal with information?



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& Archives *

(+ to whom?)

Duty to advance the charitable purpose of the organization

Duty to maximize shareholder value

ALA Code of Ethics, 1939-Present

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ALA Code of Ethics

It is the librarian’s obligation to treat as confidential any private information obtained through contact with library patrons.

We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.



• Take a character + read

• With a partner, compare your characters' privacy concerns.

• Using two different colors, mark:
   -  Color 1: Common elements
            don't have to be identical, just 

   -  Color 2: Unique elements

Privacy is not about technology -
it's about people.

Episode #1735: Whose
Country 'Tis of Thee?

High-tech surveillance and immigration

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness
Simone Browne (2015)
Duke University Press

Note to Self  |  Episode: What We Learned from Grandpa's FBI File
Surveillance politics, past and present

So...what can you do?

1. Protect your browsing history
Three extensions that visualize and block tracking websites

Privacy Badger


2. Walk through your data trail
Learn about different steps you can take

What else can you do?

Directory of alternative tools
that respect your privacy:

Alternative App Centre (Tactical Technology Collective)

Deepen your understanding of how
the web works:



Manuel Velasquez, Claire Andre, Thomas Shanks, S.J., and Michael J. Meyer. (2010 [1987]). What is Ethics? A definition of ethics in terms of standards such as rights and fairness. Issues in Ethics, 1:1. https://www.scu.edu/ethics/ethics-resources/ethical-decision-making/what-is-ethics/

Library Internship Seminar, Feb. 23, 2018

By Swarthmore Reference

Library Internship Seminar, Feb. 23, 2018

Seminar on information ethics and privacy (created by sle)

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