ALA Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct

The American Library Association (ALA) holds professional conferences and meetings to enable its members to receive continuing education, build professional networks, and discover new products and services for professional use. ALA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and ALA staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, ALA staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Programs Code of Conduct. This Policy applies to all ALA meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than ALA but held in conjunction with ALA events, on public or private platforms.

As an association, ALA is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. These values have been repeatedly delineated in ALA policy (for instance: Policy A.1.4 – Core Organizational ValuesPolicy B.1.1 – Core Values of LibrarianshipPolicy B.1.2 – Code of Professional Ethics). Taken cumulatively, the values and beliefs delineated within ALA policy describe conduct based on a firm belief in the value of civil discourse and the free exploration of competing ideas and concepts – with a fundamental respect for the rights, dignity, and value of all persons.

ALA has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, ALA asks that you inform ALA Conferences Services at [email protected], so that we can take the appropriate action.

Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
     
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, ALA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
     
  • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, ALA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
     
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by ALA throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any ALA virtual event staff.
     
  • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. ALA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.
     
  • Participants should not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.
     

ALA reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and ALA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.