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IFLA devises Codes of Ethics for Librarians and Information Workers

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has approved the Professional Code of Ethics for Librarians and Other Information Workers. A committee (consisting of five members from five countries) on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) consulted extensively on a draft international code of ethics for librarians, subsequent to which they received hundreds of expert comments to this draft. Thus a final version was prepared for the endorsement by the IFLA Governing Board. The entire code is presented
in two versions; a comprehensive version, and a precise version for ready reference.
FAIFE has collected nearly 40 codes of ethics for librarians from around the world. Those were basically protocols, primarily intended to guide the libraries in appropriate ways, to handle the materials rightly, to
access information resources, to interact with the people of serving organization, governance and operation of libraries etc. However, these codes can be considered as a guide to good practice which will need to be interpreted and applied in the context of each organisation’s mission, collections and user community.
The codes should enable an information professional to make sound judgments regarding appropriate
responses to any issues in real situation. To have a look at the Professional Codes of Ethics
for Librarians and Other Information Workers, visit the IFLA website:

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