E-Books and Ethical Dilemmas for the Academic Reference Librarian

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Abstract

When dealing with e-books, several ethical dilemmas exist as a result of competing professional values. Dilemmas identified and discussed here include challenges related to serving nonaffiliated users, providing high-quality service while respecting intellectual property rights, and balancing the needs of current users with the needs of future generations. Readers would like to have access to all e-books all of the time, with as few restrictions as possible. Librarians would like all of their users (affiliated or nonaffiliated, current or future) to be able to easily use e-books. Librarians also want to recognize the valuable contributions of authors, publishers, and content distributors while safeguarding patron privacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-162
Number of pages12
JournalReference Librarian
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2014

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  • Library and Information Sciences

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