On 12/18/12 7:14 PM, "Jonathan Rochkind" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Really? I haven't heard of them or seen
>them. Am I just really unobservant? Or am I seeing things but not
>realizing they are offensive?
I can't speak for anyone else. I know that I've been in (non-code4lib)
situations where I *was* that unobservant, that I missed what was going on
in front of me because I was focused on something else. I've also
experienced hearing things and, based on the reactions, believing that it
was non-offensive, not even questioning whether it was offensive, only to
find out later that several of the people present were very offended (for
reasons that made sense to me when I gave it some thought).
Also, many such incidents are by their nature not happening in large group
situations, and not talked about openly by anyone involved.
Not to knock the community, but I think that along with being very
supportive and friendly, we are very analytical and detail-oriented. If an
incident at code4lib had bothered me personally and I hadn't felt
comfortable to make a public issue of it at the time, putting it on a wiki
page and asking the community to analyze it probably wouldn't appeal to
me. On the other hand, I don't want to squash the idea as a bad one.
Making the uncomfortable event publicly known, even in an anonymous and
no-consequences kind of way, might be empowering to some. YMMV.
Joe Montibello, MLIS
Library Systems Manager
Dartmouth College Library
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