Privacy and Safety at Forum

LITA is taking multiple steps to ensure a welcoming and safe space for all of our participants. If you have any concerns before or during your time at Forum, please contact Jenny Levine (LITA Executive Director) at jlevine@ala.org, 708-955-4964 (call or SMS), or on Google Hangouts at shiftedlibrarian. See our Statement of Appropriate Conduct for further information about our norms and expectations for how participants respect each other during Forum.

As we finalize more details, we’ll add more information to this page.

Privacy

We recognize there can be discomfort with appearing in photographs and videos. The Forum Planning Committee wants to ensure that any photos that are taken (whether by members of the Committee or by fellow attendees) are done in accordance with attendee wishes. The conference lanyards will be given at onsite registration in three colors:

  • Red means you do not wish to have your photo taken.
  • Yellow means please ask before taking a picture.
  • Green means photos are fine.

Please pick up the lanyard that matches your preference at the registration desk when you arrive onsite and pick up your badge. We’ll keep extra lanyards at the registration desk throughout Forum, so you can come by and switch to a different color at any time.

Safety

LITA is committed to making the Forum a welcoming and safe space for participants. On Tuesday, November 15, the LITA Board issued a statement reiterating our commitment to diversity and inclusion, including at Forum. As part of our commitment to creating a safe and respectful space, we are taking the following steps.

Walk with Me

Purple stickers will be available at the registration desk onsite. If you are willing to accompany other participants who don’t want to walk somewhere alone, please put one of these stickers on your badge. If you are uncomfortable walking anywhere by yourself, please look for someone with one of these stickers on their badge.

Ride Sharing

We’re creating a Google Doc participants can use to arrange ride shares to/from the airport or other locations for those attendees who don’t want to travel alone. We’ll provide the URL for this document in the welcome email we’ll send to attendees on Wednesday, November 16. If you don’t receive the email or don’t have it handy, contact lita@ala.org or Jenny Levine at 708-955-4964 for the URL. We’ll also note the URL in the LITA Forum Slack channel.

Networking Dinners

There are some networking dinners that will be hosted outside of the conference hotel. Groups will be meeting in the Omni Hotel’s lobby and walking to the restaurant together. If you miss the group, please look for someone with a purple sticker on their badge or contact Jenny Levine at 708-955-4964 (call or SMS) if you would like someone to walk to or from the restaurant with you.

Discussions in the Uncommons

We have a designated “Uncommons” space that is freeform and can be used by anyone at any time for any purpose. We’re discussing planning some times in this space when participants can gather to talk about recent events and their reaction to them in a safe space. These sessions will appear on the Uncommons page as we schedule them.

Open Carry

Texas is an “open carry” state, which means people can openly carry firearms if they have a permit. The Omni Hotel notes on its website that it “reserves the right to not allow open carry” on its property. This means that if they see – or if someone reports – anyone openly carrying a weapon, they will ask that person to secure it in the safe in their guest room, secure it in their vehicle, or leave the premises. If you see anyone openly carrying a weapon on the Hotel’s property, contact any Hotel staff person or Jenny Levine (708-955-4964).

Diversity

In general, Fort Worth is a fairly diverse community. Although the largest demographic is white (40.9%), the second largest is Hispanic (34.2%), followed by Black (18.7%), and then Other Race (6.2%).

This year the city scored 100 out of 100 for LGBT inclusion on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Municipal Equity Index and it hosted the World Gay Rodeo Finals from 2011-2014. The Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau provides additional information for LGBT travelers.

Information is available about the city’s Human Relations Unit and its efforts to “help create a welcoming community for all people by providing resources and outreach efforts that promote basic human rights and facilitate harmonious relationships among Fort Worth’s diverse population…. The HRU promotes diversity and inclusion through its community outreach efforts, which include workshops and training, special programming such as Movies That Matter and Latino Americans, participation in community events, and other resources.”

Some Things to Note about Fort Worth

DFW is first North American carbon-neutral airport