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Philip Homan Cited in Publication

Associate Professor Philip Homan’s article on information ethics “Library Catalog Notes for ‘Bad Books’: Ethics vs. Responsibilities” has been cited in the chapter “The Values and Ethics of Library and Information Science” in the current, 4th edition of Foundations of Library and Information Science (Chicago: ALA-Neal Schuman, 2016), a standard textbook in the discipline. Neal-Schuman is an imprint of the American Library Association.


Homan’s article was first presented as a paper at the The 2nd Milwaukee Conference on the Ethics of Information Organization, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, June 15-16, 2012. It was published in 2012 in Knowledge Organization, the peer-reviewed journal of the International Society for Knowledge Organization, by Ergon Verlag, Würzburg, Germany.


Using former Emory University historian Michael Bellesiles’s discredited book on the history of gun ownership in America, Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture (New York: Knopf, 2000), as a case study, Homan examined what research libraries should do about books in their collections that have been compromised by age, error, abridgement, expurgation, plagiarism, copyright violation, libel, or fraud.


Homan is Instruction Librarian in the Eli M. Oboler Library.