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Professional value and ethical self-regulation in the development of modern librarianship: The documentality of library ethics
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Documentation, ISSN 0022-0418, E-ISSN 1758-7379, Vol. 73, no 6, 1261-1280 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to make a contribution to the theoretical understanding of documents and documentary agency in society through examples from a defined institutional and professional setting; and second, to create an understanding for the role of ethical codes in the process of defining and developing modern librarianship.

Design/methodology/approach

This study analyses the role of documentation carrying content of professional ethics in the formulation of modern librarianship. This is done through a series of example documents of various kinds, such as founding charters, peer handbooks and ethical codes systematically analysed through the use of document theory and theory on institutional change.

Findings

The findings of this study suggest that documents pronouncing ethical self-regulation within librarianship play a primarily legitimising role in situations where new types of libraries emerge or when libraries adapt to social change. The study proposes legitimacy as a key aspect of documentality, thus supplementing the established understanding of the concept.

Originality/value

This study is the first to analyse the role of ethical codes in libraries using document theory. It brings new knowledge to the role of ethical self-regulation in librarianship over time and in different institutional contexts. In suggesting a developed definition of documentality, it contributes to the theoretical understanding of the role of documents and documentation in institutions and in society at large.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. Vol. 73, no 6, 1261-1280 p.
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Information Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68421DOI: 10.1108/JD-02-2017-0022ISI: 000412873700010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68421DiVA: diva2:1151206
Available from: 2017-10-23 Created: 2017-10-23 Last updated: 2017-10-30Bibliographically approved

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