Tuesday, January 31, 2023

New Albrecht Blog Post on Library 2.0 - "Having a Tough Time with a Patron? Consider the List of Eight Choices."

We've just posted a new blog post by Dr. Albrecht in our "Library Service, Safety, & Security" section of Library 2.0"Having a Tough Time with a Patron? Consider the List of Eight Choices."
Most personal and professional stressors involve either a person or a situation.

We’re either upset, anxious, or disappointed in someone or an event - past, present, or future - that seems overwhelming. It’s the impact the person makes on our work or home or the intensity or irritation of the event that affects us. It can be hard, in those moments, to see that we can go in many different directions, other than the one that seems like it’s the only viable one at that time. In other words, we have several choices in life and work. They may not always be perfect, but they are there for our use, often sitting just below the surface of what seems like the only and obvious path.

Consider this collection of options, known as the List of Eight Choices. They can give us hope, a renewed feeling of optimism that we don’t have to accept someone or something as it is, because “that’s just the way things are.” At first glance, some of these choices may not be our best alternative, but they are an alternative, perhaps better than our current approach. What we may not like as a possibility at the beginning may turn out, after some careful reflection or after putting the choice into play, to be a pretty good solution after all....
You can read the full post here

Dr. Albrecht's twice-monthly Library 2.0 podcast and blog posts are available for free, as are: access to 48,000 other library professionals, our regular mini-conferences, and all the conference recordings. We also offer a series of Dr. Albrecht paid webinars and recordings which are available for individual or group viewing here.


    Since 2000, Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees in 25+ states, live and online, in service, safety, and security. His programs are fast, entertaining, and provide tools that can be put to use immediately in the library workspace with all types of patrons. His new book, The Safe Library: Keeping Users, Staff, and Collections Secure, is being published by Rowman & Littlefield.

    In 2015, the ALA published his book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities.

    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 25 books on business, security, and leadership topics. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with six dogs and two cats.

    His professional webite is at http://drstevealbrecht.com.

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