Conference on Ethical Dilemmas in the Information Society


IFLA/FAIFE Satellite Meeting 2014,
in collaboration with,
14-15 August 2014, Geneva


Ethical Dilemmas in the Information Society:
How Codes of Ethics Help to Find Ethical Solutions




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The Conference on 'Ethical Dilemmas in the Information Society: How Codes of Ethics Help to Find Ethical Solutions' will take place on 14-15 August 2014 at the Château de Bossey, a beautiful castle near Geneva, surrounded by peaceful gardens overlooking the Leman Lake.

Sponsors: IFLA/FAIFE and thank their sponsors, AAS - the Swiss Association of Archivists - and BIS - the Swiss Association of Librarians.


Please go to the registration page to fill in the online registration form. The fees in Euros are: 

Full price - € 260 (€ 180 conference fee + € 80 Château de Bossey 2-day seminar package); and Students - € 200 (€120 conference fee + € 80 Château de Bossey 2-day seminar package).

The fee includes materials, coffee breaks and lunches for two days and airport transfers in Conference shuttles.


Rooms are available at the conference venue. Prices vary from 56 € and 110 € per night per person, including breakfast and dinner. Full details of what is on offer are on the accommodation page. The rooms can be booked through the conference organisers by sending an email to

Call for papers

  • Codes of ethics in practice: i.e. methods to create and discuss a code of ethics; how to popularise a code; how to use it; how to maintain it; individual vs. institutional ethics;
  • Ethical values and dilemmas in the library and / or archive workplace: access to information; responsibility towards individuals and society; open access and intellectual property rights; integrity of documents; respect of historical context; authenticity of documents; colleagues and employer/employee relationships; privacy, secrecy and transparency; neutrality, personal integrity, professional skills.

For additional information, read the full call for papers. Please note that the call for paper is now closed.


Librarians, archivists and other information workers all over the world are quite aware of their profession's ethical implications. Archivists have already published their international code in 1996 (the ICA Code of Deontology). On the library side, despite the fact that in more than 60 countries library associations have developed and approved a national code of ethics for librarians there was no international code until August 2012, when the Governing Board of IFLA approved the new IFLA Code of Ethics for Librarians and Other Information Workers.  Foundation based in Geneva took part in its elaboration. For more details, you can read the related news story.

During 2011 and 2012 a working group from FAIFE had drafted and consulted extensively on a draft international code of Ethics for librarians. Hundreds of comments from IFLA Members and Non-Members were received to the draft, and a final version was prepared for the endorsement by the IFLA Governing Board.

Although the Code has now been launched and accepted as an official policy of IFLA, the FAIFE group considers that the work should continue, because a code of ethics must be a living document and because ways have to be found to implement ethics and ethical reflection more deeply in the day-to-day work. This is the very intention behind the planned Conference: use the Code as an incentive to bring ethical issues more prominently in the professional and public debate.