This code of conduct applies to all forms of participation in the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) community, including, but not limited to:

  • Messages sent to the LPC-L email list;
  • Messages posted to the LPC Twitter feed and other social media outlets when representing the LPC or interacting with members of the LPC community;
  • Participation as a member, officer, or community guest in LPC committees, the LPC Board, and any other officially sanctioned or created governance or task groups;
  • Participation as an organizer, speaker, vendor, or other attendee at the Library Publishing Forum and other officially sanctioned LPC events (e.g. meet-ups).

For the purposes of this code, a “community member” is any individual who is employed by a LPC member institution or who is otherwise acting in an official capacity on behalf of the LPC. A “guest” is any other individual besides a community member who participates in an LPC body, venue, or event, whether virtually or in person.

Standards of Conduct

The Library Publishing Coalition is dedicated to creating a harassment-free community for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. The LPC will not tolerate harassment of—or by—members or guests of the community in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any LPC community venue, whether virtual or in person. Community members or guests violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the LPC Board.

Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual and or discriminatory images in physical or virtual public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Addressing violations of the standards of conduct

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an LPC staff member or a member of the LPC Board, email contact@librarypublishing.org, or call or text (614) 715-4403. Community members or guests asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If the harassment occurs in person (for example, at the Library Publishing Forum), the LPC staff or Board member will assist affected individuals in contacting hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe to the extent possible.

The LPC staff or Board member will then report the incident to the LPC Board, who will determine what further action may be necessary. If a community member or guest engages in harassing behavior in any setting, the LPC Board may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the LPC body, venue, or event. A follow-up report will be made to individuals who report being harassed.

Recording/social media policy

Please be thoughtful and respectful with your photographs, recording, and sharing on social media.

While we encourage in-person dialogue during LPC events, we also encourage participants to engage with social media as a way to enrich their own experience and to engage with other attendees and with those who may not be able to attend.

By default, participants may discuss presentations on social media and share quotes and photographs publicly. Presenters who do not wish to be photographed or have their presentations discussed on social media may say so at the beginning of the session or at any time during it. Presenters may specify which activities they are comfortable with – for example, they may be OK with pictures of their slides but not of themselves, or with general discussion but not direct quotation. Participants are expected to honor presenters’ wishes in this area.

The Library Publishing Coalition will officially live stream presentations from speakers that have agreed to be recorded.  All other streaming and recording requires explicit permission from the presenter: attendees should always ask prior to creating sound or video recordings of any sessions.

Members, guests, and those using event hashtags are expected to comply with applicable social media platform policies, including those on harassment and abuse. (For an example, see The Twitter Rules.) Violations of these policies will be reported via the appropriate channels.  

Last updated May 2018. Code of Conduct inspired by the Digital Library Federation’s Code of Conduct,the ALA Code of Conduct, and the #critlib Unconference Code of Conduct.