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Unpublished Paper
CORE VALUES OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND PRACTICE OF INFORMATION ETHICS.docx
(2016)
  • JOHN OLUWASEYE ADEBAYO, MR.
Abstract
This study was designed to investigate core values of librarianship and practice of Information
Ethics by librarians in four higher institutions in Oyo State, Nigeria. Survey research design was
employed to study the population size consisted of 47 librarians using total enumeration
sampling technique. Questionnaire and interview for four (4) Senior Librarians at the selected
institutions were the instruments used for data collection; three research questions and one null
hypothesis were formulated for this study. Output format of SPSS based on simple frequency
count, percentage distribution, mean, standard deviation, and Pearson’s Chi-Square was used
for data analysis. The findings of this study revealed the following core value of librarianship to
include: protection of personal data; privacy and confidentiality; equal treatment of users; and
intellectual freedom. Also, factors responsible for low practice of Information Ethics (IE) by
librarians were established to be; lack of exposure to a course specifically on Information Ethics
in most Nigerian library schools; low level of enforcement of ethical conducts by library
management; concern for self-survival at the expense of rule of law; and low awareness and
promotion of professional code of ethics by professional associations. Effects of perception on
practice of Information Ethics by librarians were also revealed. One of the recommendations
made was that all library governing councils in Nigeria and Africa should the level of awareness
of Information Ethics and criminalize violation of professional ethics among librarians in
Nigeria because such acts affect core values of librarianship as a profession.
Keywords
  • Core Values of Librarianship,
  • Information Ethics,
  • Professional Ethics,
  • Librarians
Publication Date
Summer October 27, 2016
Citation Information
JOHN OLUWASEYE ADEBAYO. "CORE VALUES OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND PRACTICE OF INFORMATION ETHICS.docx" (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_adebayo/1/