Code of Conduct for OLA Events

The Ontario Library Association is proud of the professional development that occurs each year during the OLA Super Conference and other OLA events. Our strength in providing professional development is due to our association’s dedicated members, who continue their professional growth and share their knowledge and expertise with the library community.

The OLA is dedicated to providing a positive event experience for all participants. It expects attendees, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff to show respect and courtesy toward one another at all conference and conference-related events. We value ideas, thoughts and expression and appreciate new pedagogy when delivering workshops and sessions. Discriminatory language and imagery are inappropriate for any event venue, including talks, workshops, sessions or any community event online or in a face-to-face environment.

We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Harassment is any behaviour threatening another person or group or producing an unsafe environment. Harassing behaviour includes, but is not limited to, verbal comments or non-verbal expressions about or to women, LGBTQI2S people, racialized people, people with disabilities, etc., and related to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, cultural identity, age, religious beliefs, sexual or discriminatory images in public spaces (including online), deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Each OLA event will have a designated Code of Conduct Committee consisting of no less than two OLA member volunteers involved in the event and an OLA staff person. Accordingly,  the committee members will be identified in advance and at the event should an attendee need to contact them.

If at any time, a presenter, guest, delegate or visitor feels that they have been harassed or that this code of conduct has been breached, this person must report it to a member of the Code of Conduct Committee.

OLA Code of Conduct Policy

Adapted From Code4Lib Creative Commons Conference Code