Let's not forget one of Code4Lib's most inclusive practices: it is usually
(always?) possible to "attend" every single Code4Lib presentation virtually
via live streaming video *for free.* Sure, it's not the same as being there
in person, but it's not a bad substitute if you can't travel for whatever
reason -- finances, health, family obligations, not allowed to take time
off work, whatever. So if you can't afford to attend in person, you can
On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Finances are a limiting factor on conference attendance for people of all
>> demographic groups, and I would endorse plans to surmount that.
> Code4Lib is, of course, one of the least expensive conferences you'll
> find. And the community and organizers care a lot about keeping it so --
> there are sometimes disputes in a given year about whether the organizers
> could have kept it even less expensive. But it's still, every year, one of
> the most affordable conferences around.
> Which is pretty darn awesome, and important.
> That's pretty much what we do try and increase financial accessibility for
> people of all demographic groups. We also try to switch the regional
> location around the country every year, to even out transportation costs
> for for people in different parts of the country.
> If you can afford to go to any conference at all, you can afford for
> Code4Lib to be that conference. Of course, there are people who can't
> afford to go to any conference. Which is unfortunate. But I'm not sure
> what, if anything, is being suggested we could do about that?
> If you have or can find a source of funding willing to pay registration,
> hotel, and transportation for anyone who can't afford it, then please feel
> free to organize it to happen.
> That's what the people who organized, and continue to organize, the
> diversity scholarships did. They just organized it.