As part of the community’s effort to continually improve on creating and
maintaining an inclusive, safer environment at the code4lib annual
conference, the conference planners this year will bring in a new role at
the conference that will help with the implementation and processes
surrounding the #codeofconduct4lib. The new role, duty officer, will
provide initial triage and handling of serious events at the conference,
particularly complaints of discrimination, harassment or assault.

Briefly, a duty officers is:


   a highly visible point of contact for conference attendees for any
   possible enforcement or violation of the #codeofconduct4lib

   responsible for taking initial reports of problems and referring them to
   conference organizers or to appropriate services

   willing to be interrupted from regular conference program or activities
   during their shift

Duty officers are not:


   expected to answer general queries for the conference

   responsible for handling incidents beyond the initial report

   expected to perform duties of professional counselors, security, or
   other emergency professionals - only to refer to professional services when
   deemed appropriate

The Local Planning Committee is putting out a call for volunteers for duty
officers to those who are attending the annual conference. To qualify to be
a duty officer, the person must meet the following requirements:


   attendance of at least one previous code4lib annual conference

   available for an online training (via Skype/Hangout/etc) and a short
   in-person refresher training at the conference

   agree to do 2-3 two hour
   shifts at the annual conference, with the understanding that you may be
   called on to help by your fellow duty officers in the event of an emergency.

   committed to communicating is tactful, empathetic ways

   has read and is committed to upholding the #codeofconduct4lib

Please respond to Chad Nelson ([log in to unmask])  by 2/19/16 with
your interest in being a duty officer. After the deadline, the Local
Planning Committee will review the list of interested people and will
create a draft list of volunteers by 2/26/16. At that time the Committee
will publish the list to the group to solicit confidential feedback from
the community to ensure any community concerns are taken into account
before the volunteer list is finalized.


Chad Nelson

on behalf of the Code4lib 2016 Local Planning Committee