STURGES, P., 2003. It's not cricket: laws of the game, or guidance on ethical reflection for information professionals in Western Europe. World Library and Information Congress:
69th IFLA General Conference and Council, 1-9 August 2003, Berlin.
The game of cricket is played according to a set of laws, but even more important
than these is a consciousness of unwritten principles of conduct that is expected to
inspire the cricketer. It is argued that the maturity of ethical guidance available to
information professionals can be assessed by examining the same two elements. Some
examples of codes of ethical conduct for information professionals from Western
European countries are examined for suggestions as to whether they either seek to
prescribe lines of conduct, or to encourage ethical reflection and well-considered
decisions by individual professionals. An approach to developing systems of guidance
on professional ethics based on codes of ethics, but incorporating case study material
and the codes of other relevant associations, is suggested.
This is a pre-print of a paper presented at the 69th IFLA General Conference and Council, Berlin (1-9 August 2003).