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Spotlight on Safety: Addressing Threats in Public Libraries

Wednesday, November 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Register for this one-hour webinar.

Public libraries are increasingly responding to violent and inflammatory speech and targeted attacks on their buildings, workers, and patrons. Over the last two weeks of September, libraries in five cities faced bomb or shooting threats that resulted in canceled events and closures. These incidents also come directly on the heels of widespread intimidation related to censorship in the past year. Thankfully, no one was hurt in these recent threats, but the stress and disruption of service take a toll on library workers and the communities they serve.

Facing such threats to our basic safety can often be traumatic and isolating. The Public Library Association (PLA)—in collaboration with the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)—invites all library workers to join a virtual event to reflect and share with public library colleagues across the country. During this event, panelists will participate in a facilitated conversation that explores effective policies and practices to improve safety and security for library staff and patrons, and invites questions and resources to be shared among all attendees.

This town hall will be live captioned. If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this event, please contact plawebinars@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least two weeks prior to the event. Without sufficient prior notification of need, we may not be able to provide appropriate accommodations for the live event.

NOTE: Due to high demand, this webinar is accepting up to 1,500 registrations for this event, but only the first 1,000 viewers will be able to attend live. The webinar room will open about 15 minutes before the start of the event, and it is recommended you arrive early.

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Wednesday, November 30
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11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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