Friday, August 11, 2023

Dr. Albrecht Blog Post: "Should You Become Personal Friends With Certain Patrons? An Interesting Question About Boundaries"

We've just posted a new blog post by Dr. Albrecht in our "Library Service, Safety, & Security" section of Library 2.0: "Should You Become Personal Friends With Certain Patrons? An Interesting Question About Boundaries." 

There are patrons that you serve on a daily or near-daily basis, who see you almost as much as they see their local coffee shop barista. They just love or really like the library and they may really like you. The question is: Can you or should you ever become personal, outside-of-work friends with a patron? Maybe this has already happened with you in your career and it has developed into a nice friendship. Maybe you tried to develop a friendship outside the library and it either never got off the ground or it ended badly.

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 51,000 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 28+ 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, was just 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 assessmenHe 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


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