Monday, December 07, 2020

Safety Podcast: "Stop Apologizing for Library Security" + Friday Webinar: "Performance Evaluations" #library20

We've posted a new podcast from Dr. Albrecht: "Stop Apologizing for Library Security." This is part of the "Library Safety and Security with Dr. Steve Albrecht" section of Library 2.0You 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.

Dr. Albrecht's blog posts are also available at the same link. The most recent topics were "THE NEED FOR A LIBRARY VENDOR/VISITOR POLICY: Not Everyone Should Be Able to Roam Around Your Library" and "Creating the Perfect Library Security Officer." 

"Performance Evaluations: A Skill-Building Refresher for Library Leaders"

Part of a special Library 2.0 series with Dr. Steve Albrecht


We invite you to join us for a 60-minute webinar presented by Library 2.0 and Dr. Steve Albrecht on Friday, December 11th, 2020.

The language we use as library leaders matters. This is important in our coaching conversations and in the way we handle both the Performance Evaluation (PE) documentation and the subsequent conversation. The PE is a legal, historical, trackable document that has power and consequences. It can help you and other leaders make effective and fair promotion decisions, identify skill or training gaps, initiate discipline, and create a path for your employees to improve their work performance and work behavior.

This webinar is for all current library directors, department heads, managers, supervisors, or any future leader who wants to know more about how to make PEs work for the benefit of the organization, the leader, and the employee.

In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Steve Albrecht (board certified by the Society for Human Resource Management) will discuss the best ways for library leaders to:

  • Fine-tune the steps in the PE process, from the preparation of the documentation to the conversation;
  • Have the necessary coaching conversations that help you craft a solid PE;
  • Avoid using label-based language instead of behavior-based language to get better results after the PE meeting;
  • Handle the wide range of employee reactions or emotions during a PE meeting;
  • Think about your legacy as a leader and how PEs serve your library after you have promoted, left, or retired;
  • Protect yourself from claims about bias, being unfair, discriminatory, retaliatory, or overly judgmental; 
  • Avoid common PE traps like the Halo Effect, the Middle Grade, Fuzzy Language, and Punishment Phrases;
  • Change the thinking about PEs from being an annual process to a useful supervisory tool.

DATE: Friday, December 11th, 2020, at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Recorded for viewing at any time.

COST: $99/person - includes any-time access to the recording and the presentation slides. For significant group discounts, to submit a purchase order, or for any registration difficulties or questions, email

TO REGISTER: Click 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.


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.

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