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Subject/Keyword
Library Ethics
Homeless
Library Policy
Smells in the library
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Kundrik, Sara Marie
Supervisor and department
Nye, Howard (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Welchman, Jennifer (Philosophy)
Griener, Glenn (Philosophy)
Samek, Toni (Library and Information Science)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-08-24T08:56:28Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The issue of homeless persons as patrons of public libraries is not a new one, having generated much literature in the field of library science and information studies. Most of this work, however, deals with the social and legal implications of the presence of homeless people, and the policies that can arise when attempting to deal with the unique problems they bring. This thesis will attempt to ethically analyze policies for controlling offensive behaviours or states, specifically odours, that disproportionately affect homeless people. Concerns about welfare, responsibility, and social liberties and rights will be used to argue that the expulsion of homeless persons from public libraries because of smell or similar offensive, but not seriously harmful, behaviours or states is immoral. My conclusion will be that the harm these policies cause to homeless people, both to their welfare and to their rights, will outweigh the possible benefits to other patrons
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3N37F
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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