Code of Conduct

The National Emerging Museum Professionals Network (NEMPN) is meant to promote camaraderie, fruitful discussions, and increased awareness of the field among museum professionals nationwide. We welcome everyone of any race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, religion, country of origin, language skill, neurodiversity, and age/generation.

We work to make the NEMPN groups to be a welcoming, supportive, and comfortable environment for all EMPs. We uphold our values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility by engaging in respectful discussions.

Respect is shown by members in the following ways:
– Center voices that are often less heard
– Listen deeply and be open to learning
– Acknowledge and apologize for mistakes
– Debate and critique policies and ideas without name-calling, slurs, accusations, inappropriate – language, and basic unprofessional comments
– Understand inherent bias, discrimination, bigotry, and oppression in policies
– Give each other the benefit of the doubt

We also encourage, commiserate, joke, and have fun while ensuring that respect is at the forefront of our discussion.

As a closed group, we expect confidentiality from our members. We keep the details of members’ challenges within the group, knowing this space is intended to be a resource where individuals can problem-solve. We encourage all members to both uphold this value, and exercise personal caution in what they share.

We will not tolerate harassment of fellow EMPs in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, country of origin, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, religion, veteran status or other protected class status; discriminatory or offensive images in public spaces; intimidation; stalking; harassing or unwanted photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants violating the code of conduct may be warned or asked to leave by moderators.

Facebook Group Policy

Member Approval

You must become a member to submit questions and participate in discussions. In an effort to provide a spam-free space we ask that all new members answer 3 questions to join the group:
– Do you currently work or study in a museum or related field?
– What do you hope to gain or contribute in the Emerging Museum Professionals Facebook group?
– You acknowledge that you read and understand these group guidelines.

All 3 questions must be answered for approval, if you do not answer the questions we cannot accept your request to join. In approving members, moderators should be reasonably confident that the member is working in or working towards a job in museums, or is in a field closely related (artists, librarians, etc).

Post Approval Process

Facebook group moderators are responsible for reviewing and approving all member requests, posts, creating polls (when needed) etc. Before posting, please search the archives to ensure your question hasn’t been asked before. i.e. Museum Studies referrals get asked a lot so search the group using “museum studies” to see what our members shared regarding that topic.

Personal blogs, events (outside of conferences), spam, irrelevant links, and self-promotion including surveys for school projects, work, and dissertations will not be approved. Moderators will also not approve job or internship posts.

Please report posts and/or comments you find do not follow our guidelines. Moderators will review and intervene if necessary. Otherwise, they may follow up with you regarding questions or clarification around the concern.

Posts are typically approved 24-72 hours after they have been submitted, but due to our efforts to respect our group moderators need to unplug occasionally, posts may take a little longer to get approved. We thank you for your patience.

Recording/Social Media Policy

We consider our virtual events (town halls, workshops, skill shares, etc.) to be spaces to share information, not only with other participants, but also with those who may not be able to attend. Events are, by default, considered open and can be written about on social media and photographed. Events are, by default, considered open and can be written about on social media. However, do not record or screenshot any session without notification or consent from the presenter. Each event can decide to adopt different rules at the beginning of the session as long as it informs all participants who join the session.

We primarily use Zoom as a platform for our national events. Zoom’s privacy and security statements and information about removing your data from each of them are available on their website. Visit Zoom’s Privacy Statement for more information.

Events are handled as Meetings, which allow participants to join on-screen and participate beyond the chat function using video and audio functionality. All live sessions will be recorded and will be made publicly available on our YouTube page. Recorded Zoom sessions will capture how your name is displayed; chat information; and your profile picture, video feed, and microphone feed if you used it. If you are concerned about privacy, consider the name you use, the profile pic you select, and whether or not you want to use a virtual background if participating with video turned on.

Sources of Inspiration: Museum Computer Network