Thursday, April 01, 2021

"Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World" - Call for Proposals for Library 2.021 Mini-Conference

Our second Library 2.021 mini-conference: "Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 17th, 2021.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have been faced with all manner of challenges as they have worked to bring their service, resources, and events into the virtual realm. Unsurprisingly, librarians have not only met this challenge but thrived in bringing new dynamic digital content, engaging virtual programming and instructional events, and exciting online such as virtual book clubs, gaming tournaments, and even makerspace activities to their patrons.Please join us as we discuss the ways librarians have adapted and evolved their service offerings for a post COVID world.

This event is being organized in partnership with Ellyssa Kroski, the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing 30-minute keynote. A mini-conference FAQ (frequently asked questions) page is here

The call for proposals is now open. Proposals can be submitted here until Friday, May 14th, but will be approved on a rolling basis, so there is an incentive for submitting early. Click here to submit a proposal.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #librariespostcovid on their social media posts about the event.

Ellyssa Kroski (@ellyssa)
Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute

Ellyssa Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI for which she won the AALL’s 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at: and
Chris Jacobs (@BPLTeenCentral )
Teen Technology Coordinator – Teen Central | Boston Public Library – Central Library at Copley Square

Chris Jacobs has been the Teen Technology Coordinator for the Central location of the Boston Public Library since October 2019. A lifelong student and educator at heart, his career trajectory prior to BPL includes a six-year stint as a tech-forward high school English teacher, where his interest in media literacy—piqued by coursework conducted at the Harvard Graduate School of Education—flowered into a rigorous curriculum that pushed teens to explore the intersections among technology, society, and identity. An enthusiastic proponent of games and gamification as critical academic and interpersonal tools, Chris currently heads BPL’s Teen Gaming cohort, which uses social media avenues such as Twitch and YouTube to continue building engaging, empathetic, teen-centric online communities throughout the pandemic.
Junior Tidal (@JuniorTidal)
Multimedia and Web Services Librarian, Associate Professor for the Ursula C. Schwerin Library at the New York City College of Technology, City University of New York

Junior Tidal is the Multimedia and Web Services Librarian, Associate Professor for the Ursula C. Schwerin Library at the New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. He co-hosts the City Tech Stories podcast with Prof. Nora Almeida. Other than podcasts, his research interests include mobile web development, usability, and library privacy issues. Originally from Whitesburg, Kentucky, he has earned a MLS and a Master’s in Information Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Tanner Adams
Adult Programming Librarian at Parker Williams Library

Tanner Adams is the Adult Programming Librarian at Parker Williams Library in Houston, Texas. This library is part of Harris County Public Library, and he has worked in Fort Bend County as well. At Parker Williams, he is responsible for the library's ESL and Citizenship programs, as well as running a weekly game of Dungeons & Dragons for the public.
Loraine Walker
Starkville Public Library Children's Librarian

Loraine is the Children's Librarian at the Starkville Public Library in Starkville, MS. She graduated from Mississippi State University and proudly rings her cowbell when attending football, basketball, and baseball games. She's the Phi Mu Alumnae President for East Mississippi, chaired the Starkville Junior Auxiliary's Reading Railroad this year that promotes early literacy, just read to over 2,500 children in her full Cat in the Hat mascot costume for Read Across America Week throughout Oktibbeha County. And when she's not out filming virtual storytimes in a pasture or by a lake, she's busy having socially distanced storytimes in the park next to our library. In her free time, she loves to play with her French Bulldog puppy Scout and take photographs at their local wildlife refuge.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Library Service, Safety, & Security: Resources & North Vancouver Library Stabbing Attacks

We have a collection of resources from Dr. Albrecht in our "Library Service, Safety, & Security" section of Library 2.0. Today we've added a blog post from him on the North Vancouver Library stabbing attacks, "Edged Weapons Awareness."

Since a knife or other cutting/slashing object is a proximity weapon, your best defense when confronted by a person holding one is distance, and a lot of it. (People only throw knives in the movies.) You need to treat a patron armed with an edged weapon just as you would if they had a firearm: use Run – Hide – Fight. Get as far away from this person as possible, as quickly as you can, and take as many co-workers and patrons with you. Use all available proxemics barriers to put between you and the armed person to block his or her path to you as you escape: desks, chairs, counters, carts, half-shelves. 
If you can get to a Safe Room, with as many colleagues and patrons as you can move there, do so. Lock or barricade the door and call 9-1-1 as soon as you can. Like with an active shooter, describe what this "armed attacker" is doing, to the police dispatcher. Wait from this position of safety until the police arrive. (more...

Here are all of the available Library Service, Safety, and Security BLOG POSTS, PODCASTS, and WEBINARS on Library 2.0. You do need to be logged in to see them (free to join).



You can click the direct links below, you can listen directly on the site, or you should also be able to access the podcast in SoundCloud here or in your own podcast app using the RSS feed here.


While Dr. Albrecht's twice-monthly podcast and blog posts are available for free, as are our regular mini-conferences and all the conference recordings, there is a cost to attending our series of webinars and/or watching the recordings with him. Details are on the linked pages.

To purchase an individual license for a specific webinar or recording, click through to the webinar and use the registration link. You can pay by PayPal or credit card, and will receive immediate access to the webinar if it's already recorded. For upcoming webinars, you will receive a confirmation email within a day giving you attendance instructions. If you have any trouble registering for a webinar, if you need to be invoiced, or if you have any questions, please email

For an individual annual all-access pass to all of Dr. Albrecht's live webinars and recordings for one year, please click here. Inquiries for all-access organizational contracts should be directed to



As a trainer, speaker, author, and consultant, Dr. Steve Albrecht is internationally known for his expertise in high-risk HR issues. He specializes in workplace and school violence awareness and crisis response programs for private-sector firms, municipal and state government, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities. His clients include the two biggest municipal insurers in California.

In 1994, Dr. Albrecht co-wrote Ticking Bombs: Defusing Violence in the Workplace, one of the first business books on workplace violence. Besides his work as a conference presenter and keynote speaker, he appears in the media and on the Internet, as a source on workplace violence, security, and crime. His 21 business and police books include Library Security; Tough Training Topics; Added Value Negotiating; Service, Service, Service!; and Fear and Violence on the Job.

He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration (D.B.A.), an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board-certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, and threat assessment.