Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Library 2.0 Webinar - "Security for Rural Librarians" on August 13th


Join us for a 60-minute webinar, recorded in a special Library 2.0 series with Dr. Steve Albrecht, live on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019, at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. 

Register to attend live, or to have access to the recordings, by clicking on the JOIN WEBINAR button HERE.
You will need to be logged into Library 2.0--if you are not yet a member, you can join for free here.)

OVERVIEW: If you define yourself as a Rural Librarian, see if these scenarios sound familiar:
  • A man comes in and asks you for the time. You tell him and he nods and goes to sit at a nearby table, where he just stares at you for the next two hours . . .
  • A woman comes in and tells you she is living on the streets. She asks if she can use your restroom. She goes inside and locks the door. An hour later and she’s still in there . . .
  • A group of local teenagers come into your library and start messing with your displays, rolling the book carts around, and making noise. You ask them to leave and they refuse . . .
  • A man who is angry at the county comes into your library to ask you for legal advice. When you tell him you cannot give him that type of help, he takes a gun out of his backpack and places it on the counter.
If you work in a city or county library in an active neighborhood in a larger community, you would know how to address each of these by getting help from a co-worker, by asking a supervisor to speak to these people, by disengaging and doing your work at another part of the facility, or even by going into a back room and calling the police from a safe place. However, if you work in a rural library location--which can be defined as having a police or sheriff’s response that could be 20 minutes to an hour away, working alone in the building, or working in a one-room facility, with only one way in or out--these options aren’t always available.

This webinar is here to help.

AUDIENCE: This webinar program is for all library employees who work in rural areas, as well as the library leadership that supervises these facilities, especially from a distance.

  • Know how and when to use “high-risk customer service skills” with difficult or challenging patrons.
  • Being firm, fair, consistent, reasonable, and assertive in your application of your Code of Conduct. 
  • Trusting your intuition when working alone. Should you stay or go?
  • Setting up help systems: phone trees, code words, exit and evacuation plans.
  • Improving your physical security: panic alarms, OC pepper spray, better door hardware, remote locking devices, safe rooms.
  • The value of Security Incident Reports.
  • How to get better results from your law enforcement agencies.

COST: $98
/person - includes access to the recording and access to the attendee discussion forum. For group discounts, to submit a purchase order, or for any registration difficulties or questions, email steve@learningrevolution.com.

TO REGISTER: Click on the JOIN WEBINAR button HERE. You will first need to be a member of Library 2.0 (free) and be logged in. Please click "Sign Up" on the top right and we'll approve you quickly.
Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained library audiences for 19 years. In 2015, the ALA published his book, Library Security. He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration, an MA in Security Management, a BS in Psychology, and a BA in English. He is board certified in HR, security, coaching, and threat management. He worked for the San Diego Police Department for 15 years. He has written 21 books on business, security, and criminal justice subjects.

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