Wednesday, October 04, 2023

New Webinar - Awkward Conversations & Difficult Situations: How to Handle the Hardest Discussions with Patrons (2023 Update)

Awkward Conversations & Difficult Situations:
How to Handle the Hardest Discussions with Patrons
(2023 Updated Version)
Part of the Library 2.0 Service, Safety, and Security Series with Dr. Steve Albrecht


Library life is full of challenging moments. Some things patrons do don’t impact the business of the library too much. Others are serious enough to require a banning, a security guard escort out of the building, a police call, or at worst, closing the library because the patron has done something dangerous. This webinar is all about how to handle challenging discussions with patrons when it's clear they need to stop doing or saying something, or they need to leave before you’re forced to take certain steps to get them out of the library.

The list of awkward encounters is as long as your years of experience working in libraries or in customer or taxpayer-contact jobs. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • The protester who is mad about one or more political issues and refuses to stop filming, taking photos, confronting other patrons, or arguing with staff.
  • The patron who refuses to leave as the library is closing.
  • The patron who locks himself or herself in the public restroom (or manages to get in the back office and won’t come out of the staff restroom).
  • The patron who won’t stop staring at or touching other patrons or staffers.
  • The patron who we know has stolen something but refuses to return it.
  • The patron who ignites a marijuana vape in the restroom (or in the stacks) and refuses to put it out.
  • The patron who won’t stop making racist, sexist, or homophobic remarks, or telling dirty jokes, and cites his “Constitutional right to free speech.”
  • The patron who intentionally views pornography or child pornography, in front of others. (Guess what? He’s not using your Internet; it’s on his own tablet, phone, or in his magazine.)


  • Defining “Crucial Conversations.”
  • Assessing a patron's behavior and its impact on the library: Is it simply eccentric, irritating, or a true violation of our Code of Conduct? Is it unsafe, illegal, or dangerous?
  • Ramping up your assertiveness, alone or with your colleagues. (How to stop rationalizing irrational patron behaviors.)
  • Is it a police issue, a fire department issue, or a paramedic issue? Or maybe a social worker issue?
  • Staying consistent with your goals of a “Negotiated Behavioral Agreement.” (Minimize the chance of a repeat performance later.)
  • Documenting the Security Incident Report with specific behaviors, not labels.

This 60-minute training webinar is presented by Library 2.0 and hosted by ALA author and library service, safety, and security expert, Dr. Steve Albrecht. A handout copy of the presentation slides will be available to all who participate. This is an updated version of this webinar for 2023.

DATE: Thursday, October 19th, 2023, 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 HERE to register and 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 how you access the permanent webinar recording. If you are paying for someone else to attend, you'll be prompted to send an email to with the name and email address of the actual attendee.

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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, 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 assessment.

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

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