Update #2 3/26/2015 – See comment below from Kevin Duke, who identifies himself as Joe Murphy’s stepfather. I think his open letter to the library world is worth reading by all.
Mr. Duke, Thank you for writing.
Update 3/26/2015 – If your comments on any post of mine include profanity, personal attacks, comments on my virility, etc. They’re going to be marked as spam and never make it to this page – like the first comment I received on this post.
Apologies and retractions
I apologize for the false and damaging statements that I have made about Joe Murphy. I ask you to please read the following statement for details from my perspective.
On May 3, 2014, I posted a post on my blog entitled “Time to Talk About Community Accountability,” which made certain negative statements regarding librarian Joe Murphy, even suggesting that he had sexually harassed women at librarian conferences. My comments had no factual basis at all. My intention in writing my blog post was to draw attention to the larger issue of sexual harassment of librarians. While I continue to feel that this is an issue that we must all address, I do now realize that Mr. Murphy was the wrong target for my post. There was no basis for me to make the comments and insinuations about Mr. Murphy that I made, except for a single tweet by Lisa Rabey.
(Excerpt from statement by nina de jesus
I am using this post to document my acknowledgement that Team Harpy aka nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey have officially recanted their accusations against librarian Joe Murphy.
I have never taken a position on Mr. Murphy’s actions with regard to sexual harassment, but I have criticized his choice to sue fellow librarians. I stand by this criticism. I continue to believe that this case will have a chilling effect on future conversations on harrassment where there is more direct evidence.
I am disappointed with Team Harpy, but not so much that I will demand a refund of my contribution to their legal fund. However, they have also damaged future conversations on the very real issue of harassment within librarianship.
But I am going to let this post be my last statement on the issue because I am going to respect the written requests made by ms. de jesus and Ms. Rabey in their blog posting:
I realize that a lot of people have rallied to my aid, but I have to be honest to them in saying “I was wrong” about Mr. Murphy and I urge anyone who might take the position that they “support” me by helping me to undo the damage I unwittingly caused to Mr. Murphy and to the cause of credible conversations about accountability and harassment.
— nina de jesus
I strongly encourage those who aligned with #teamharpy and decided to attack Mr. Murphy to cease to continue to defame or disparage him. Mistakes have been made and we have the opportunity to show good character by apologizing and moving on.”
— Lisa Rabey
They would prefer we not offer speculations on “what really happened” and so I will not offer any. I advise you do to the same. I’d also advise you to support ALA’s Code of Conference Conduct and if you see something, say something at the time it is happening.
Finally, it is my intent to link all of my prior Team Harpy posts to this one. If you visit my blog next week and don’t see such a link on a Team Harpy post, let me know