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On 11/26/12 3:27 PM, "Roy Tennant" <roytenn...@gmail.com> wrote:

>I'd be happy to join this effort, and would like to suggest a friendly
>amendment. We need, as a community, to have an anti-harassment policy that
>governs ALL of our collective interactions (e.g., the chatroom, for
>example), not just for the conference.
>On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM, Bess Sadler <bess.sad...@gmail.com>
>> Dear Fellow Code4libbers,
>> I hope I am not about to get flamed. Please take as context that I have
>> been a member of this community for almost a decade. I have contributed
>> software, support, and volunteer labor to this community's events. I
>> also attended the majority of code4lib conferences, which have been
>> and life-changing, and have helped me do my job a lot better. But, and
>> never really known how to talk about this, those conferences have also
>> problematic for me a couple of times. Nothing like what happened to
>> Shirley at ApacheCon (see
>> http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Noirin_Shirley_ApacheCon_incident if
>> you're unfamiliar with the incident I mean) but enough to concern me
>> even in a wonderful community where we mostly share the same values, not
>> everyone has the same definitions of acceptable behavior.
>> I am watching the toxic fallout from the BritRuby conference
>> with a heavy heart (go search for "britruby conference cancelled" if you
>> want to catch up and/or get depressed). It has me wondering what more we
>> could be doing to promote diversity and inclusiveness within code4lib.
>> have already had a couple of harassment incidents over the years, which
>> won't rehash here, which have driven away members of our community. We
>> also had other incidents that don't get talked about because sometimes
>> can feel that membership in a community is more important than one's
>> personal boundaries or even safety. We should not be a community where
>> people have to make that choice.
>> I would like for us to consider adopting an anti-harassment policy for
>> code4lib conferences. This is emerging as a best practice in the larger
>> open source software community, and we would be joining the ranks of
>> other conferences:
>> http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment/Adoption.
>> The Ada Initiative has a great discussion of why adopting an
>> Anti-Harrassment policy is a good choice for a conference to make, as
>> as some example policy statements, here:
>> http://adainitiative.org/what-we-do/conference-policies/ Here is a
>> summary:
>> > Why have an official anti-harassment policy for your conference?
>> it is necessary (unfortunately). Harassment at conferences is incredibly
>> common - for example, see this timeline (
>> http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/index.php?title=Timeline_of_incidents) of
>> sexist incidents in geek communities. Second, it sets expectations for
>> behavior at the conference. Simply having an anti-harassment policy can
>> prevent harassment all by itself. Third, it encourages people to attend
>> have had bad experiences at other conferences. Finally, it gives
>> staff instructions on how to handle harassment quickly, with the minimum
>> amount of disruption or bad press for your conference.
>> If the conference already has something like this in place, and I'm just
>> uninformed, please educate me and let's do a better job publicizing it.
>> Thanks for considering this suggestion. If the answer is the usual
>> code4lib answer (some variation on "Great idea! How are you going to
>> that happen?") then I hereby nominate myself as a member of the
>> Anti-Harrassment Policy Adoption committee for the code4lib conference.
>> Would anyone else like to join me?
>> Bess Sadler
>> b...@stanford.edu
>> Manager, Application Development
>> Digital Library Systems & Services
>> Stanford University Library

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