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.

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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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