Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy

TL;DR – This is Urban Librarians Unite’s Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment policy. These rules govern our events. A copy of these policies is to be posted at all Urban Librarians Unite events.

Sample text to use used at events or on online spaces:
For all online discussion spaces, Urban Librarians Unite events, and co-sponsored invites, the following text should be used:

“Urban Librarians Unite is committed to hosting safe and open spaces for all. By participating in this space you are committing yourself to Urban Librarians Unite’s Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy.” With a link to http://urbanlibrariansunite.org/code-of-conduct/

At all Urban Librarians Unite events, the following text should be posted:
“By attending this event, you are committing yourself to our Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy.” http://urbanlibrariansunite.org/code-of-conduct/

For events co-sponsored by Urban Librarians Unite, we expect Urban Librarians Unite members to abide by our Code of Conduct and we will work with event planners to adopt a similarly framed Anti-Harassment Policy.

Urban Librarians Unite’s Code of Conduct

Our activities and events should foster meaningful collaboration between participants, community members, and government partners. We expect internal governance, participants, advocacy, activities, and events to be:

  • Provide a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment where all are free to fully express their ideas and identities free from discrimination or harassment. All spaces, online or physical, shall be governed by Urban Librarians Unite’s anti-harassment policy.
  • Default to open and work to be objective.
  • Collaborate for the purpose of generating ideas that empower, innovate, and develop local capacity.
  • Presume the value of others and cherish everyone’s ideas, skills, and contributions.
  • Encourage participants to listen as much as they speak, ask respectful questions, and demystify context.
  • Foster energy that builds “yes, and” ideas and permit the ability to stretch.
  • Work to prioritize access for and input from those who are traditionally excluded from the professional process.
  • Actively involve stakeholders, community groups, and those with subject matter expertise in all decision-making processes.
  • Ensure that relationships and conversations between, and among, stakeholders e.g. elected officials, their staff, and government representatives, community based organizations and their partners, and members of the Urban Librarians Unite community — remain respectful, participatory, and productive.

Urban Librarians Unite reserves the right to ask anyone in violation of these policies not to participate in Urban Librarians Unite’s events or network of activities. If you have any other concerns or would like to address an issue, please contact Christian Zabriskie, Urban Librarians Unite’s Executive Director, at christian.g.zabriskie@gmail.com and +1.941.4457114. or email urbanlibrariansunite@gmail.com.

Urban Librarians Unite’s Code of Conduct is an adaptation of Code for America’s Community Code of Conduct policy. Urban Librarians Unite agrees to review this policy annually at the fall meeting of the Board of Directors.

Urban Librarians Unite’s Anti-Harassment Policy

This anti-harassment policy is based on Code for America’s Anti-Harassment policy, the BetaNYC Anti Harassment Policy, and the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.

All Urban Librarians Unite events, workplaces, staff, presenters, and participants are held to the following anti-harassment policy.

Urban Librarians Unite is dedicated to providing a harassment free experience for everyone. We welcome everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, faith, national origin, source of income, and language preference. To build a democracy, we need everyone.

We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual language and imagery which is unreasonable, out of context and for which participants are not appropriately warned is not appropriate for any Urban Librarians Unite event or network activity, including talks. Anyone in violation of these policies may expelled from Urban Librarians Unite events or network activities; this will be at the discretion of Urban Librarians Unite leadership and/or event organizers.

Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, faith, national origin, source of income, and language preference; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; unwarranted exclusion; and patronizing language or action.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Urban Librarians Unite leadership and/or event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender and expulsion from Urban Librarians Unite events and network activities.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. Additionally, you can contact Christian Zabriskie, Urban Librarians Unite’s Executive Director, at christiangzabriskie@gmail.com and +1.941.4457114. or email urbanlibrariansunite@gmail.com.

Urban Librarians Unite leadership and/or event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

If you cannot reach the event organizer and/or it is an emergency, please call 911 and/or remove yourself from the situation.

We value your attendance and hope that by communicating these expectations out widely we can all enjoy an environment that is welcoming to all. Urban Librarians Unite agrees to review this policy annually at the fall meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

Adopted by the Board of Urban Librarians Unite on September 13th 2015