Conference Code of Conduct

  • The Canadian Library Association is committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas.

    These primary values are articulated in position statements regarding Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, and Intellectual Freedom, and are consistent with the intent of this Code of Conduct.

    CLA hosts conferences, meetings, and other events throughout the country in order to promote libraries through advocacy, research, policy development, and professional networking.

    CLA is dedicated to providing a positive experience for participants, and expects attendees, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff to show respect and courtesy toward one another at all times. CLA is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone.

    Harassment is understood as any behaviour that threatens another person or group, or produces an unsafe environment. It includes offensive verbal comments or non-verbal expressions related to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, heritage, age, and religion. It also includes intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention, whether in-person or online.

    CLA recognizes that its commitment to intellectual freedom brings a responsibility to provide space to raise and discuss contentious issues. CLA welcomes discussion and/or imagery related to controversial topics provided they are situated critically and respectfully.

    Concerns about conduct related to this policy will be addressed in accordance with the CLA Code of
    Conduct Procedures document.

    Adapted from codes of conduct developed by OLA, Code4Lib, CAPAL, and ALA.
    Approved by the CLA Executive Council, June 2, 2015.


    Code of Conduct Interim Procedures

    June 2, 2015

    In the event that a situation occurs identified in the Code of Conduct as inappropriate behaviour please contact any of the following: session convenor, CLA staff member, member of CLA Executive Council, Mike Ridley, Nancy E. Black.

    For the purposes of these Interim Procedures, Mike Ridley and Nancy E. Black will collect information and assess the situation in accordance with the Code of Conduct to seek and/or determine the resolution. The assessment and review will be confidential in consideration for the individuals involved. Every effort will be made to resolve situations in a timely fashion.

    Upon review/assessment, resolution(s) may take one, or more, of the following: No action required Resolve to the mutual satisfaction of the complainant and respondent Re-direct to another more appropriate individual, service, agency Determine if further consultation and a more formal resolution is required If details of the incident must be communicated to a broader audience, determine what and how the information needs to be communicated and to whom Once the matter has been resolved, prepare a confidential report for the CLA Executive Director.

    Upon assessment and review conducted by Mike Ridley and Nancy E. Black, if further action or communication is required for resolution, this will be determined and carried out. This includes any recommendations that may be warranted to resolve or avoid future situations.

    This interim procedure is in place for the CLA Conference Ottawa 2015. Review of the procedures will take place following the conference and a final set of procedures will be developed by CLA.