The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is committed to creating and supporting inclusive, diverse, and equitable communities of practice. We strive to be a welcoming organization and the focal point for a digital library culture that is anti-oppression, anti-racist, recognizes intersectionalities, and works compassionately across difference. Together, DLF members advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. We know that the best problem-solving and critical thinking happens when people with a wide array of experiences and perspectives come together to work in comfort and safety as peers. We therefore expect participants in the DLF community to help create thoughtful and respectful environments where that interaction can take place.
This Code of Conduct applies to all meetings, events, working groups, and other activities organized through the DLF, including those taking place in-person or online.
DLF is dedicated to providing collaborative and conference experiences that are free from all forms of harassment, and inclusive of all people. Small actions you can take will help us meet this goal. For instance, we suggest:
Likewise, it is important to understand the range of behaviors that may constitute harassment.
Harassing behavior may relate to
Harassment can include unwelcome or offensive verbal or written comments or nonverbal expressions, used in person or online, in private or in public.
Examples of harassment can include:
Sexual, discriminatory, or potentially triggering language and imagery is generally inappropriate for any DLF venue. However, this policy is not intended to constrain responsible scholarly or professional discourse and debate. We welcome engagement with difficult topics, done with respect and care.
We will not tolerate harassment of DLF community members in any form. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, follow the procedures outlined below.
Participants at the DLF Forum or any other DLF-hosted discussion or event (held online or in person, including DLF-sponsored social events) who are asked to stop harassing or intimidating behaviors are expected to comply immediately. Those who violate our Code of Conduct may be warned or expelled at the discretion of the organizers.
We value your presence and constructive participation in our shared community, and thank you for your attention to the comfort, safety, and well-being of fellow DLF collaborators and attendees.
To report incidents after our events, in online venues, or on-site but in the absence of a staff member, call/text CLIR/DLF Staff at (732) 737-7328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if you or others are in imminent danger, please first phone emergency services at 911.
On-site, CLIR/DLF staff can be identified by their name badges and white lanyards. Active bystanders or those experiencing harassment themselves may elect to have an in-person, confidential conversation with a staff member. Staff will then assist participants by taking incident reports, providing escorts as needed, or otherwise helping those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.
During the in-person DLF Forum and allied conferences, in addition to reporting incidents in person, consult any additional resources and links provided by local organizers and hosts.
For DLF online events and meetings, CLIR/DLF encourages the following options for reporting harassment:
If you see or experience a Code of Conduct violation, you can tell us directly through Midspace by clicking MyChats on the right sidebar and selecting Help Desk, by DMing a conference organizer, or if you see an offensive chat message, click the flag button to make a report to the organizers directly.
All reports and inquiries will be handled in confidence.
Geek Feminism; DHSI; Code4Lib; ALA; LITA; AMIA; SAA; ADHO; Recurse Center; Contributor Covenant; Vox Media; Scholars’ Lab. DLF thanks our Committee for Equity and Inclusion, our 2020 Forum Inclusivity Committee, and DLF Advisory Committee Community Advisors for work on this document. Previous versions here (pre-2016) and here (March 2018 update).
This document has been made available under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license. Please feel free to adapt and re-use for your conference or event! We suggest altering the “About DLF” section to reflect your group’s own mission statement and self-identity, and the “What to Do” section with specific actions and contacts relevant to your organization. Lastly, we appreciate acknowledgments.