Black Belt Librarian

Registration is now open for:

The Black Belt Librarian: Library Security in the Real World
The 2014 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
Presenter: Warren Graham

Two sessions of the same workshop:
Tuesday, April 22, Castro Valley Library (Alameda County) and
Wednesday, April 23, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (San Jose)
Both sessions 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
$20 registration fee
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Do you ever have to handle scary situations with library patrons? In this workshop, library security expert Warren Graham (author of The Black Belt Librarian) will teach you techniques to keep yourself and your library safe when those situations arise.

You will learn:
·       How to approach a perfect stranger and advise them of a rule in a way that will ensure compliance AND keep you and other staff safe
·       How to physically ensure your safety by using your physical surroundings to protect yourself and managing your proximity to patrons
·       How to recognize a patron’s level of emotion
·       When to call for help
·       The essential elements of a workable library security program

Presenter Warren Graham is a nationally renowned expert on day-to-day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for over twenty-five years and has traveled across the United States helping libraries of all sizes control their work environment, including presentations for Infopeople and other library groups. Warren spent seventeen years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, so he is well aware of the problems that front-line library staff experience on a daily basis. He is the author of The Black Belt Librarian: Real World Safety & Security.

The April 22 workshop will held in the meeting room of the Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system.  On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station.

The April 23 workshop will be held in a meeting room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the main library of San Jose Public Library.  The Fourth Street Garage is across the street from the library

For more details and to register, go to (Castro Valley) or (San Jose).

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