Code of Conduct

The Information Literacy Summit organizers are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for all attendees. Small actions you can take will help us meet this goal. For instance, we suggest:

  • listening as much as you speak, and remembering that colleagues may have expertise you are unaware of;
  • encouraging and yielding the floor to those whose viewpoints may be under-represented in a group;
  • using welcoming language, for instance by using an individual’s stated pronouns and favoring gender-neutral collective nouns (“people,” not “guys”);
  • accepting critique graciously and offering it constructively;
  • giving credit where it is due;
  • seeking concrete ways to make physical spaces and online resources more universally accessible; and
  • staying alert, as active bystanders, to the welfare of those around you.

Likewise, it is important to understand the range of behaviors that may constitute harassment. Harassment is any verbal, non-verbal, or physical contact that threatens, intimidates, silences, or coerces. The following types of harassment are prohibited and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Abusive or derogatory verbal comments, slurs, epithets, and/or discriminatory images in public and online spaces;
  • Threats or acts of violence;
  • Intimidation or stalking;
  • Harassing photography or recording;
  • Purposeful or repeated acts of misgendering;
  • Sustained verbal and physical disruption of talks or other events; and/or
  • Inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference presenters or participants in any form.


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to any of the conference organizers:

College of DuPage Library
Jason Ertz,
Jennifer Kelley,
Christine Kickels,

DePaul University Library
Jill King,
Firouzeh Rismiller,
Sveta Stoytcheva,


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

This Code of Conduct policy is based on the example policies from the Digital Library Federation and the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.