The Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association is an organization inclusive of all peoples and many types of members. As such, we take safety, observance of event rules, and anti-harassment very seriously.
All participants at MPIBA events (both official event offerings and related social events) are asked to adhere to MPIBA’s code of conduct, as described below. This includes booksellers, librarians, exhibitors, presenters, guests, sponsors, volunteers, and all affiliated attendees.
If you are being harassed, observe someone else being harassed or not complying with these rules, please notify MPIBA event organizers immediately. We will be happy to assist with immediate intervention or escort and, when necessary, by contacting venue security or local law enforcement.
Participants asked to cease any of the above described behaviors are expected to comply immediately and may be expelled from an MPIBA event, without refund, at the discretion of the organizers. Disregard for the Code of Conduct may also result in having MPIBA membership and future participation privileges revoked.
We value your attendance and your well-being.
When MPIBA member booksellers are in a room together (virtual or otherwise) they are, by definition, competitors. This means that under the law, they are prohibited from discussing certain things.
All three of these prohibitions come to us via the Sherman Antitrust Act, which carries treble damages and jail time. All three are per se violations, which means it only has to be proved that you engaged in the activity—whether or not there was intent to harm, or actual harm caused—for you to be guilty of violating the law.