I touched on this a while back, and have posted extensively about it on social media, but I realized I couldn’t countenance writing another entry here until I’d talked about #teamharpy at greater length. Frankly, it’s overdue, and I’m sorry about that.
I support #teamharpy. I admire nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey for their courage and their actions.
I support #teamharpy because harassment is a problem in the library world and beyond, and it’s only going to get worse if we ignore it or try to silence those who speak to it. That’s certainly the case within our profession as we continue to look to tech culture, start-ups and the like for inspiration, because if anything the culture there is worse.
I support #teamharpy because I’ve seen the pushback to even the most basic attempts to combat harassment at conferences — the ALA and SLA Codes of Conduct, for example, not to mention the actual enforcement of same — so I have no patience for critics who claim that #teamharpy didn’t address this situation in the correct way. What the correct way would’ve been is always poorly defined, because better means to address this kind of situation basically don’t exist. I wish they did. We should make it so they do, but let’s not pretend we already have.
I support #teamharpy because librarians, as a profession, should oppose SLAPP suits whenever they occur. If we’re willing to call out this kind of behavior when it’s a publisher trying to silence a librarian, it’s unconscionable to claim that we have to shut up and “let the courts decide” when it occurs within our own community.
I support #teamharpy because it’s the right thing to do.
EDIT: I can’t believe I forgot to link to the petition asking Joe Murphy to drop the lawsuit. Go forth and sign it.
The results of the SLA Board of Directors election are in, and I want to congratulate Tom Rink on being elected to the office of President-Elect. Tom was a great candidate, and I know he’ll be an exemplary President-Elect and President for SLA. And I want to congratulate everyone else who’ll be joining the Board come January: Kim Silk (chapter cabinet chair-elect), Ruth Kneale (division cabinet chair-elect), Kevin Adams (director), and Catherine Lavallee-Welch (director).
Also, I salute Valerie Perry, Elaine Lasda Bergman, Dr. Saif Al-Jabari, and David Cappoli for stepping up and running for office. SLA is a stronger organization for their dedication and enthusiasm, and I know they will keep working to make the Association better. We truly had an excellent slate of candidates this time year.
For me, being nominated was a great experience, and a profound honor. I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet so many SLA members over the past six months, and speak with so many of you about the issues that are important to you.
I support the Ada Initiative, because they do awesome things that need doing:
The Ada Initiative supports women in open technology and culture through activities such as producing codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies, advocating for gender diversity, teaching ally skills, and hosting conferences for women in open tech/culture.
There’s nothing in there that’s not spectacular and necessary. And profoundly relevant to libraries, especially as our interactions with the tech world grow deeper and more ubiquitous.
Plus, right now there’s a campaign going on where the library community will be matching donations:
The Ada Initiative deserves your support, including your financial support if that’s within your means. If you don’t believe me, believe Amy Buckland and Barbara Fister. (If you don’t believe them, than I’m not sure I can help you.)
The moment of truth has arrived, for values of “moment” that include “three weeks”. The SLA Board of Directors election has begun. Voting will remain open until September 24.
It has been an amazing few months. My thanks to all of you who took the time to talk to me about why SLA is important to you, and what you want to see from the Association and its leaders in the months and years to come. Thank you to the New York and Washington, DC chapters for inviting me to meet with your members. And thank you to all my fellow candidates for being willing to step forward and take on the responsibility for leadership in SLA. Also, a very special thanks to my fellow candidate for President-Elect, Tom Rink: this is the kind of process that could get unpleasant, but Tom has always been wonderful to work (and network) with.
In all seriousness, there is an excellent slate of candidates. As I’ve said a number of times, my background is in public policy, so what’s important to me is that members log on and vote. I’ve tried to spend these last months sharing my vision for SLA, and if you share that vision, then I’d be honored if you’d consider voting for me for President-Elect.
Thank you all! Now go out and vote.
The election for the SLA Board of Directors commences tomorrow, and there are a couple more posts for interested members to check out.
First, the fine people at SLA Europe sent Tom and I four very fun questions, and the answers are posted on their blog. The questions were:
- Where would you go in Europe if given the chance and an unlimited budget?
- You run into yourself in the street one day and it turns out you’re not an information professional! (Oh no!) What does your alternate universe self do?
- What are your go-to five apps or tools?
- What technical advancement would you tell your 15 year old self about if you had the chance?
Seriously: alternate universes and time travel. Check it out.
Also, in case you missed it, a recording of the Q&A webinar Tom and I did a few weeks back has been posted to our candidate pages.
The election begins tomorrow. More thoughts on that, then.