+1 and willing to volunteer as well.
On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM, Frumkin, Jeremy < frumk...@u.library.arizona.edu> wrote: > Wholehearted support. > > -- jaf > > ------------------------------------------------------------ > Jeremy Frumkin > Assistant Dean / Chief Technology Strategist > University of Arizona Libraries > > +1 520.626.7296 > frumk...@u.library.arizona.edu > ------------------------------------------------------------ > "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more > complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in > the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein > > > > > > > "To clarify, add detail. Imagine that, to clarify, add detail. Clutter > and overload are not attributes of information, they are failures of > design. If the information is in chaos, don¹t start throwing out > information, instead fix the design." > ‹Edward Tufte > > > > > > > > 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. > >Roy > > > > > >On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM, Bess Sadler <bess.sad...@gmail.com> > >wrote: > > > >> 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 > >>have > >> also attended the majority of code4lib conferences, which have been > >>amazing > >> and life-changing, and have helped me do my job a lot better. But, and > >>I've > >> never really known how to talk about this, those conferences have also > >>been > >> problematic for me a couple of times. Nothing like what happened to > >>Noirin > >> 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 > >>that > >> 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 > >>cancellation > >> 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. > >>We > >> have already had a couple of harassment incidents over the years, which > >>I > >> won't rehash here, which have driven away members of our community. We > >>have > >> also had other incidents that don't get talked about because sometimes > >>one > >> 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 > >>many > >> 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 > >>well > >> 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? > >>First, > >> 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 > >>who > >> have had bad experiences at other conferences. Finally, it gives > >>conference > >> 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 > >>make > >> 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 > >> >