[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Addressing harmful language and materials at the ArchivesSpace Virtual Member Forum

Jessica Crouch Jessica.Crouch at lyrasis.org
Fri Apr 7 12:06:19 EDT 2023

Dear ArchivesSpace Member Community,

The ArchivesSpace program aims to provide an inclusive, anti-oppressive environment where all are treated respectfully regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, age, ability, belief system, physical appearance, politics, educational attainment or technical fluency.  Based on community feedback, we recognize that the ArchivesSpace Virtual Member Forum did not always meet that standard. We would like to take this opportunity to apologize and to address our course of action following the forum and into the future.

We received two forum evaluations expressing concern about harmful language and images verbalized and displayed during the session “Contextualization and Repair at Rauner Library.”  In accordance with the ArchivesSpace Code of Conduct<https://archivesspace.org/archivesspace-code-of-conduct>, ArchivesSpace Program Manager Christine Di Bella, Community Engagement Coordinator Jessica Crouch and members of the User Advisory Council Member Engagement sub-team reviewed these comments and have agreed to the following course of action:

  *   Copies of the presentation recording and slides will not be made available online.
  *   Going forward ArchivesSpace will require all presenters to fully redact harmful language and not use harmful images in their presentations, not just provide content warnings, regardless of the context. This applies to both written content and verbal communication during presentations and the associated Q&A.

We apologize for the harm this presentation caused.  We believe the ArchivesSpace community and application can only be made better by providing a welcoming and safe community experience for all of our members.  We dropped the ball during the forum.  We appreciate the opportunity to correct this error and move towards an even stronger and more inclusive community experience in the future.


Jessica Dowd Crouch
Community Engagement Coordinator for ArchivesSpace
jessica.crouch at lyrasis.org<mailto:jessica.crouch at lyrasis.org>
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