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To promote inclusivity and a safe and welcoming environment for all, this spring DuraSpace worked with leaders on the various projects and with the Board of Directors to draft a code Code of conductConduct to guide us in all our activities. Thanks, to those of you who contributed to the text. We will review it at the Board meeting next spring and I will solicit input from the community closer to the Board date of that meeting.

We congratulate the University of Houston Libraries who in August were awarded an IMLS grant to develop migration tooling for ingesting collections to Hyku from CONTENTdm. When they received the news they were cleaning up after sustaining flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. We extend our thoughts and support for our colleagues in the Carolinas, Georgia, and especially Florida who were directly in Hurricane Irma's path only a couple of weeks later. 

On an even more a solemn note, we mourn the loss of Heather Heyer and with our colleagues around the world condemn the acts of violence and bigotry by white supremacist and Neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville responsible for her death. We have strengthened our resolve to promote and provide inclusive communities and to advocate for All Things Open. We double down on our commitment to serve libraries, museums, archives, and scholars of every stripe to share freely and without fear the collections, perspectives, and ideas that illustrate the beauty in our differences and unite us in our shared mission to promote civil discourse and academic freedom for all.