+1 and willing to volunteer as well.
On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM, Frumkin, Jeremy <
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> Wholehearted support.
> -- jaf
> Jeremy Frumkin
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> the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein
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> On 11/26/12 3:27 PM, "Roy Tennant" <[log in to unmask]> 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 <[log in to unmask]>
> >> 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
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> >> Manager, Application Development
> >> Digital Library Systems & Services
> >> Stanford University Library