Hello Councilors. I'm sharing this in my role as co-chair of the ALA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Implementation Working Group. One of the recommendations that was delegated to us from the list of recommendations generated by the Task Force on EDI was to develop a statement related to EDI for conference participants. After discussion, we felt the best way to approach this was to suggest changes to the existing Code of Conduct for consideration by Conference Services, and we also wanted to share this with Council so that you could comment on these suggested revisions, with the plan to send both our suggested changes and any feedback from Council to Conference Services to be considered at the same time.
Please note that we used the Code of Conduct from the National Diversity in Libraries Conference as a reference for our suggestions, which are largely related to the list of prohibited behaviors. The revisions are attached to this post as a Word document showing the tracked changes.
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Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions.
I wonder if we might take a more positive approach to the code? I've suggested an edit on the attached.
(I was directed to this because I was involved in drafting the current Statement, in part because of my experience on the advisory board of the Ada Initiative, which was involved with advocating for similar conference policies internationally; I'm not a Council member, and I'm speaking on behalf of myself and not LITA here.)
Thanks for your work on this! Codes of conduct are best as evergreen documents that receive continual attention and buy-in from their communities, so I'm glad to see continued conversation.
Andromeda, thanks for raising these questions. Regarding enforcement, we're not suggesting any changes -- all the enforcement language is from the current document. We also had some questions about the vagueness, but were focused on the EDI changes we were charged with suggesting.
Thanks, Trevor. We'll share this suggestion with Conference Services.
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