[From _Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science (August/September 1990): 25]

A Code of Ethics for Information Scientists:

Responsibility to Individual Persons

Information professionals should:

                * strive to make information available to individuals who need it

                * strive both to ensure accuracy and not to infringe upon privacy or confidentiality in providing information about individuals

                * protect each information user's and provider's right to privacy and confidentiality

                * respect an information provider's proprietary rights

Responsibility to Society

Information professionals should:

                * serve the legitimate information needs of a large and complex society while at the same time being mindful of individuals' rights

                * resist efforts to censor publications

                * play active roles in educating society to understand and appreciate the importance of information promoting equal opportunity for access to information