Sexual Harassment and the ALA Code of Conduct
If we want COSWL to be part of this discussion we need to start now! I have collected a lot of comments that have been made on blogs and on Facebook. I haven't captured them all but it is obvious that people are moving ahead without us and we should be an important, loud and lead voice in this discussion. Several of us did volunteer to be on a subcommittee. Maybe I have missed it but I don't know if we have been approved for this task.
I have been collecting some of the comments being made on blogs and Facebook. This discussion is NOT happening on the COSWL or FTF Facebook pages, which I find extremely frustrating.
I am attaching what I have collected to date. Please pay particular attention to http://magpielibrarian.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/beyond-alas-code-of-conduct-what-can-we-do-to-combat-harassment-at-ala-conferences/. Then read the Facebook comments posted to a message sent by Erica Findley on my document, pages 13 - 16. I did make a comment on some of my thoughts, which includes an idea I wanted to propose to the COSWL subcommittee.
We are really missing the boat here. I think that Mary Ghikas should be contacted by us, maybe you could do this Lorelle, and let her know our interest in the issue and that we are working on this. (I know Mary and could contact her but I am not the chair or staff for this group so did not want to presume anything by making that contact for us.) I do think that a working group composed of several ALA groups is not a bad idea but if we don't show our interest now we might not be included in that group.