Friday, December 02, 2022

New Webinar: "First Amendment 'Auditors' in the Library: Our Safe, Legal, and Reasonable Response"

First Amendment “Auditors” in the Library:
Our Safe, Legal, and Reasonable Response
Part of the Library 2.0 "Essential Library" Series with Dr. Steve Albrecht


Every school kid learns that the First Amendment doesn’t protect all speech--“You can’t yell 'Fire!' in a crowded theater” is the most common example. Today, there are groups and individuals, at both ends of the political spectrum, who feel it’s their right to come into a governmental office and film or photograph the activities of the employees and visitors receiving services. These encounters are usually designed to create a confrontation that the “auditors” (their self-described label for themselves) post extensively on social media. Their goal is usually driven by their desire for publicity, to question the business operations, and even to disrupt the activities.

Libraries and their leaders and employees have faced many of these encounters, usually over content, materials, displays, meetings, or programs the “auditors” disagree with, usually around sexual orientation, race, or political views. Libraries and their employees need to know the best service, safety, and security practices for these potentially difficult encounters.

This is a 60-minute training webinar presented by Library 2.0 and hosted by ALA author and library service, safety, and security expert, Dr. Steve Albrecht. (Steve is not a lawyer and this session is neither legal advice nor a substitute for qualified legal advice from a licensed attorney.) A handout copy of the presentation slides will be available to all who participate.


  • How do we accurately define the “public’s right to access”?
  • Does every person have the right to take photographs or make video recordings in a library?
  • Define these three areas: a public forum; a designated public forum; and a non-public forum--and what it means in the library space.
  • When do libraries need to call the police?
  • Who can we call on for legal advice?
  • How can we make the best use of our policies, signage, security procedures, and Code of Conduct?

DATE: Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 2:00 pm US - Eastern Time


  • $99/person - includes any-time access to the recording and the presentation slides and receiving a participation certificate. To arrange group discounts (see below), to submit a purchase order, or for any registration difficulties or questions, email
  • FREE for those on individual or group all-access passes (see below).


Click above to pay. You can pay by credit card, and will receive an email within a day with information on how to attend the webinar live and then your permanent access to the webinar recording. If you have any trouble registering for a webinar, if you need to be invoiced or pay by check, or if you have any questions, please email NOTE: please check your spam folder if you don't receive your confirmation email right away.

SPECIAL GROUP RATES (email to arrange):

  • Multiple individual log-ins and access from the same organization paid together: $75 each for 3+ registrations, $65 each for 5+ registrations. Unlimited and non-expiring access for those log-ins.
  • The ability to show the webinar (live or recorded) to a group located in the same physical location or in the same virtual meeting from one log-in: $299.
  • Large-scale institutional access for viewing with individual login capability: $499 (hosted either at Library 2.0 or in Niche Academy). Unlimited and non-expiring access for those log-ins.


  • All-access annual passes include unlimited access to the recordings of all of Dr. Albrecht's previous Library 2.0 webinars, plus live and recorded access to his new webinars for one year. These are hosted either at Library 2.0 or Niche Academy (if preferred).
  • For a $499 individual all-access annual 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


Since 2000, Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees in 28+ states, live and online, in service, safety, security, and supervision. His programs are fast, entertaining, and provide tools that can be put to use immediately in the library workspace with all types of patrons. In 2015, the ALA published his book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities. He is currently writing the sequel, The Safe Library: Keeping Users, Staff, and Collections Secure, for Rowman & Littlefield.

Steve 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.

He has written 24 books on business, security, and leadership topics. He lives with six dogs, two cats, and three chickens. (Not all in the same room, of course.)

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