Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

BOK 1 Information Environment, Information Policy & Ethics

What is included in BoK 1?

  • The history and changing nature of the information sector
  • Relevant legal, policy, economic and ethical issues
  • The significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in how we develop and deliver services and resources
  • Purpose and content of professional codes of practice


When reflecting on your activities, ask yourself - 'What did you learn or practise in this area?'  'How did this impact on your work?'  'What did you do as a result of the activity?'


Some examples of activities include:

  1. Having discussions with your colleagues about copyright legislation or creative commons licencing
  2. Considering cultural and intellectual property implications in accessing and disseminating information
  3. Reading an article about Māori culture and/Intellectual Property rights
  4. Reading up on the LIANZA Code of Practice, or the Centenary History of LIANZA
  5. Reading an article on the economics of online publishing
  6. Having discussions with your colleagues about open access vs restricted access to online resources
  7. Explaining user fees or professional ethics to a colleague
  8. Learning the relevance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi (check out if there is a seminar near you)
  9. Defining how your role contributes to the provision of information in your organisation
  10. Justifying a controversial acquisition
  11. Visiting an archive or museum and compare it to your own organisation
  12. Discussing with colleagues how Te Tiriti o Waitangi or the Treaty of Waitangi is implemented in the organisation

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