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Re: Formalizing Code4Lib?

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Tue, 7 Jun 2016 20:48:51 +0000

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We are establishing a relationship with the DLF for email purposes.  Might they be willing to be our organization?

Ralph

-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Esmé Cowles
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 3:41 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Formalizing Code4Lib?

I remember another option being brought up: picking an official organizational home for C4L that would handle being the financial host for the conference, and possibly other things (conference carryover, scholarship fundraising, holding intellectual property, etc.).  An existing library non-profit might be able to do this without that much overhead.

For example, Hydra has a MOU with DuraSpace for exactly this kind of arrangement, and there was a post recently about renewing the arrangement for another year, including the MOU:

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/hydra-tech/jCua5KILos4/yRpOalF6AgAJ

In the past, there has been a great deal of resistance to making C4L more organized, and especially on the amount of work needed to run a non-profit organization.  So having a financial host arrangement could be a lighter-weight option.

-Esmé

> On Jun 7, 2016, at 3:31 PM, Coral Sheldon-Hess <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> I think this deserves its own thread--thanks for bringing it up, Christina!
> 
> I'm also interested in investigating how to formalize Code4Lib as an 
> entity, for all of the reasons listed earlier in the thread. I can't 
> volunteer to be the leader/torch-bearer/main source of energy behind 
> the investigation right now (sorry), but I'm happy to join any group 
> that takes this on. I might be willing to *co*-lead, if that is what 
> it takes to get the process started.
> 
> And, yes, anyone who has talked to me or read my rants about the 
> proliferation of library professional organizations is going to think 
> my volunteering for this is really funny. But I think forming a group 
> to gather information gives us the chance to determine, as a 
> community, whether Code4Lib delivers enough value and has enough of a 
> separate identity to be worth forming Yet Another Professional 
> Organization (my gut answer, today? "yes"), or whether we would do 
> better to fold into, or become a sub-entity of, some existing 
> organization; or, (unlikely) should Code4Lib stop being A Big International Thing and just do regional stuff?
> Or some other option I haven't listed--I don't even know what all the 
> options are, right now.
> 
> One note on the "no, let's not organize" sentiment: the problem with a 
> flat organization, or an anarchist collective, or a complete 
> "do-ocracy," is that the decision-making structures aren't as obvious 
> to newcomers, or even long-term members who aren't already part of 
> those structures. There is value to formality, within reason. I 
> mean... right now, I don't know how to go about getting "permission" 
> to form this exploratory group, right? Having some kind of formal structure would help.
> 
> So... how do we do that? Can we do that? Who wants to help?
> 
> - Coral
> 
> 
> On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 12:21 PM, Salazar, Christina < 
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> It's probably too late for a 2017 but I really do think it's time to 
>> reopen the question of formalizing Code4Lib IF ONLY FOR THE PURPOSES 
>> OF BEING THE FIDUCIARY AGENT for the annual conference.
>> 
>> Local (and national) politics aside, it's very difficult to stand in 
>> front of your boss (or worse, a total stranger) and ask them to be 
>> willing to cover financial liability for an unaffiliated, purely 
>> voluntary organization. In addition, we're no longer talking about a 
>> couple thousand dollars financial liability, we are now getting into 
>> a HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS liability.
>> 
>> I question the sustainability of this present system for the long term.
>> 
>> PS (I know, everyone says no no no, we don't want to be organized, 
>> but my feeling is that we need a better way to manage the funding 
>> part of the conference... Or choose to go local only.)
>> 
>> 
>> Christina Salazar
>> Systems Librarian
>> John Spoor Broome Library
>> California State University, Channel Islands
>> 805/437-3198
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf 
>> Of Brian Rogers
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 8:27 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [CODE4LIB] Update Regarding C4L17 in Chattanooga
>> 
>> Greetings from the Chattanooga C4L17 Planning Committee:
>> 
>> This is a follow-up to Andrea Schurr’s May 18th email (
>> https://goo.gl/bs2au7) regarding the survey around potential impact 
>> on attendance of the 2017 Code4Lib conference, given the host of 
>> discriminatory/concerning legislation in Tennessee.
>> 
>> Please see the summary of results below. We thank the individuals who 
>> took the time to respond and provide thoughtful answers as to the 
>> issues at hand, as well as suggest possible solutions. We met as a 
>> group last Tuesday to decide how to proceed. As many pointed out, 
>> they were not easy questions, and so predictably, there were no easy answers.
>> 
>> We’ve determined that given this community’s commitment to providing 
>> a safe and accommodating environment for all attendees, it is morally 
>> and fiscally irresponsible to continue the effort of hosting the 
>> annual conference in Chattanooga. This decision was not an easy one, 
>> and there were hours of discussion as to the pros and cons of 
>> proceeding, informed by your responses to the survey, as well as our individual opinions.
>> 
>> This decision is additionally informed by the inability to secure a 
>> fiscal host for the conference. Even prior to legislative concerns, 
>> multiple institutions in the southeast took a pass, given the size of 
>> attendance and increased risk of liability. The two viable leads we 
>> pursued finally confirmed as a “no” last week. Those decisions were 
>> in part or wholly informed by the financial risk assumed by a host 
>> having to contend with an unpredictable timeline of withdrawn support via geographical boycott.
>> 
>> Which leaves us with the voluminous question of, “Now what?” 
>> Threading together survey and committee responses, we put forth the 
>> following to the Code4Lib community:
>> 
>> 1. There is a host site that has contacted the Chattanooga Planning 
>> Committee and informed us they are actively seeking a fiscal host and 
>> should shortly know the results of that endeavor. Given that no other 
>> city submitted a proposal, Chattanooga will pass along documentation 
>> and responsibility for next year’s conference if they are successful.
>> 2. If this alternative site is unable to procure a fiscal host, then 
>> we suggest shifting the 2017 conference from in-person to virtual. We 
>> already have a potential fiscal host for this option, but we would 
>> open the implementation of such to the community. All of us agree 
>> that virtual cannot replace the feel and value of an in-person 
>> conference. However, given the mounting size of participation and the 
>> absence of a stable, consistent funding base, coupled with a socially 
>> conscious community, this year is a hard sell across many of the states.
>> 3. For those interested and willing, simultaneously host in-person 
>> regional conferences alongside the main virtual conference. We 
>> realize, of course, that this leaves a vast majority of the southeast 
>> in a predicament, unless another region wishes to adopt us.
>> 
>> Know that this is not our preferred outcome, and that everyone on the 
>> planning committee wishes we could make this conference happen in 
>> Chattanooga. It is a grand little city with unexpected delights. We 
>> invite any and all questions, concerns, responses and conversation. 
>> Here, Slack, IRC, Twitter, Friendster, Myspace, and wherever else 
>> people seem to be lurking these days.
>> 
>> And with that, here is a summary of the survey results. Out of 
>> respect to those who answered under condition of anonymity, we are 
>> only sharing the raw numbers and not the freeform responses.
>> 
>> Q1: Given the current state of legislation in Tennessee, would you 
>> boycott Code4Lib 2017 in Chattanooga? 124 Responses:
>> 
>> 22.58% Yes, I would boycott.
>> 77.42% No, I would not boycott.
>> 
>> Q2: If Tennessee was considering a North Carolina type bathroom bill, 
>> would you boycott Code4Lib 2017 in Chattanooga? 124 Responses:
>> 
>> 26.61% Yes, I would boycott.
>> 73.38% No, I would not boycott.
>> 
>> Q3: If Tennessee passed a North Carolina type bathroom bill, would 
>> you boycott Code4Lib 2017 in Chattanooga? 123 Responses:
>> 
>> 46.34% Yes, I would boycott.
>> 53.66% No, I would not boycott.
>> 
>> Q4: If you indicated that you would consider boycotting the 
>> conference, would you reconsider if Code4Lib made a significant 
>> donation to an organization fighting against discrimination in Tennessee? 121 Responses:
>> 
>> 34.71% Yes, I would consider attending.
>> 19.83% No, I would still boycott.
>> 45.45% N/A (I would not consider boycotting the conference.)
>> 
>> Q5: If your organization implemented a travel ban to Tennessee, would 
>> you consider attending Code4Lib 2017 in Chattanooga using your 
>> personal funds and on your personal time? 122 Responses:
>> 
>> 26.23% Yes, I would consider using my personal time/funds to attend.
>> 73.77% No, I would not consider using my personal time/funds to attend.
>> 
>> --
>> Brian Rogers
>> Director of Library IT & Professor
>> UTC Library, Dept. 6456
>> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
>> Phone: 423-425-5279
>> Email: [log in to unmask]
>> 

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