A groundbreaking text on information ethics

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/08/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — As discussions about the roles played by information in economic, political, and social arenas continue to evolve, the need for an intellectual primer on information ethics that also functions as a solid working casebook for LIS students and professionals has never been more urgent. “Foundations of Information Ethics,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, expertly fills that need. Featuring a foreword by Robert Hauptman, and written by a stellar group of ethics scholars and contributors from around the globe, the text is organized into twelve chapters, making it ideal for use by instructors. This volume from editors John T. F. Burgess and Emily J. M. Knox:

  • thoroughly covers principles and concepts in information ethics, as well as the history of ethics in the information professions;
  • examines human rights, information access, privacy, discourse, intellectual property, censorship, data and cybersecurity ethics, intercultural Information ethics, and global digital citizenship and responsibility;
  • synthesizes the philosophical underpinnings of these key subjects with abundant primary source material to provide historical context along with timely and relevant case studies;
  • features contributions from John M. Budd, Paul T. Jaeger, Rachel Fischer, Margaret Zimmerman, Kathrine A. Henderson, Peter Darch, Michael Zimmer, and Masooda Bashir, among others; and
  • offers a special concluding chapter by Amelia Gibson that explores emerging issues in information ethics, including discussions ranging from the ethics of social media and social movements to AI decision making.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Burgess is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. Among the courses he teaches are Information Ethics for the LIS Profession and History and Effects of the Information Society. He is the author of numerous journal articles, a peer reviewer for the International Review of Information Ethics, and a member of ALISE's Ethics SIG. Knox is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches courses on intellectual freedom, censorship, and information ethics. She was awarded the Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE Instructor of the Year in 2015. Her books include “Book Banning in 21st Century America” and “Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan on a Shoestring.” She also contributed a chapter on religion and intellectual freedom to “The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories,” the 2016 winner of the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award for best published work in intellectual freedom.

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