Wednesday, April 19, 2023

WEBINAR UPDATE: Free registration for "Lessons Learned From Violent Incidents: When Horrible Things Happen at Libraries"

Lessons Learned From Violent Incidents:
When Horrible Things Happen at Libraries
Part of the Library 2.0 Service, Safety, and Security Series with Dr. Steve Albrecht

After the April 18th shooting in Tulsa, OK we revised this webinar and made it free rather than paid. The original title of the webinar was "The 2017 Clovis, New Mexico Library Shootings: The Teenage Attacker Reveals His Motives." Those who previously signed up and paid for the webinar will automatically have their payment refunded.


Serious or fatal violence inside libraries is both extremely rare and highly catastrophic. On April 18, 2023, a man went into a library and Tulsa, OK, and shot and killed a man sitting at a table. He left and shot and killed another man at a nearby convenience store. He was arrested by Tulsa Police. His motive or relationship with the victims is unknown. In February 2020, a mentally ill man stabbed the female security guard to death at the Finkelstein Library in Spring Valley, NY. And in the most serious incident of violence at a library, a 16-year-old male shot and killed two female library employees and wounded four others, including a ten-year-old boy, at a branch in Clovis, NM in 2017.

We cannot predict horrific violence. There is no accurate "profile" that will tell us what someone under stress will do. But we can continue to be vigilant, as library employees and library leaders, by looking at problematic behaviors and warning signs for people who enter our libraries to cause harm. This webinar is about helping all library employees interpret pre-attack behaviors; respond safely in a potentially life-threatening situation; evacuate patrons and staff; understand and support the police response with information to 9-1-1; and cope with and survive the psychological aftermath of a traumatic event.

DATE: Thursday, April 27th, 2023, at 2:00 pm US - Eastern Time


  • Free


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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. 

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

His new book, The Safe Library: Keeping Users, Staff, and Collections Secure, is published by 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 25 books on business, security, and leadership topics. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with six dogs and two cats.

His professional website is



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