You should really read the Code of Conduct

Did you know Access has a Code of Conduct? Great! Knowing it exists is step one.

Step two is to read it. Lucky for you, it’s copied below!

Step three is the most important step. Step three is to understand it, live it, and be constantly aware of it.

We are delighted to have you visit Calgary this fall for #AccessYYC, and are even more delighted to make sure that we’re fostering an inclusive, safe environment for all of the awesome humans in attendance.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at, or on Twitter at @AccessLibCon.


Code of Conduct

Access is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, language spoken, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Disrespectful or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, language spoken, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

Emergency police/medical: 9-1-1
Taxi: 403-229-1111

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

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  • Douglas Fox

    July 25, 2014 @ 7:37 am Reply

    I’m sure this code of conduct is well intentioned, and we need something, but this doesn’t seem well thought out. It looks like a direct borrowing from the Geek Feminism Wiki. I’m troubled by the lack of any mention of academic freedom of expression. That ought to be there in a code of conduct that talks about what people cannot say. A better code can be found on the ALA website at

    • catelynne

      July 28, 2014 @ 2:39 pm Reply

      Hi Douglas,

      Thanks for your comment! This year’s code of conduct was borrowed from last year’s code of conduct. I imagine the provenance associated therewith can be attributed to the Geek Feminism Wiki via the Ada Initiative.

      The planning committee is glad you brought this up. We’re hesitant to borrow language directly from the ALA’s Code of Conduct. Unlike the Geek Feminism Wiki, the ALA does not explicitly encourage the borrowing of its language in drafting codes of conduct. While we’ll work on wording at our next committee meeting in August, I would highly recommend that you send any preference in wording to accesslibcon [at] gmail [dot] com, and we will be sure to take it into account.

      If you truly do feel strongly about this, then I would also recommend sending a message to the folks at the Geek Feminism Wiki and letting them know. Hey, maybe you’re starting a revolution!

      Thanks again for your input,
      Catelynne Sahadath
      Access 2014 Enthusiast

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