Statement of Appropriate Conduct at MCMLA Meetings*

The Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MCMLA) Statement of Appropriate Conduct is intended to be a dynamic document and evolve as part of a process that encourages members to offer suggestions for improvements and other changes.

MCMLA 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. To provide all participants the opportunity to benefit from the event, MCMLA is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, or other group identity.

MCMLA is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. MCMLA believes 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.

MCMLA seeks to provide a meeting environment in which diverse participants may learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and hold that environment for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are, therefore, specifically prohibited:

  • harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, appearance, or other group status
  • sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact
  • yelling at or threatening participants (verbally or physically)

Participants are asked to frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and to be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others.

All participants are expected to demonstrate behaviors of mutual respect in all meeting venues, including online venues, and meeting social events. Meeting participants seek to learn, network, and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise. Participants who are asked to stop hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If you witness or experience harassment or prohibited behaviors, contact a MCMLA Annual Meeting Chairs. Individuals who report harassment or prohibited behaviors will be supported throughout their reporting and will be provided with follow-up information as appropriate.

2019 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs

  • Euem Osmera
  • Jeanne Burke

Adapted with permission of the Medical Library Association.

Approved by the MCMLA Executive Committee on July 25, 2019.

*Further discussion of the use of this or other statements in the future will be discussed at the MCMLA Business Meeting on October 15, 2019.

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