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

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Title: Do RFIDs (radio frequency identifier devices) provide new ethical dilemmas for librarians and information professionals?
Authors: Thornley, Clare V.
Gibb, Forbes
Ferguson, Stuart
Weckert, John
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Date: Dec-2011
Online since: 2012-05-10T15:16:38Z
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.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: International Journal of Information Management
Volume: 31
Issue: 6
Start page: 546
End page: 555
Copyright (published version): 2011 Elsevier Ltd
Keywords: RFIDSInformation ethicsPrivacyEthical dilemmasLibrary management
Subject LCSH: Radio frequency identification systems--Moral and ethical aspects
Information technology--Moral and ethical aspects
Library administration
Libraries--Technological innovations
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2011.02.006
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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