How to Apply Restorative Justice in Your Library

Create safer libraries while centering equity, relationships, and accountability. 



Course Description 

Guest speaker sessions via Zoom:
Tuesdays, April 30 and May 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm ET (recordings available)

Restorative justice is an approach to addressing harm and conflict that focuses on healing, repairing relationships, and promoting accountability. Rather than being punitive, restorative justice seeks to involve the community in the resolution process and can provide a model for transparent dialogue and healing between everyone involved in an incident. 

This half-day online course will teach you the foundations of restorative justice from a library perspective. You will learn how to lead peace circles, how to initiate communication about an incident, and how to facilitate ongoing relationship repair and accountability from those who have caused harm. 

This course is designed and structured over multiple weeks to teach you the fundamentals of restorative justice, give you a chance to apply it in your library, and reconvene in class to debrief and continue learning from expert speakers. Join us for approximately 6 hours of interactive, expert-led sessions, spread across two separate days, and learn the tools you need to implement restorative justice practices in your library.

The live sessions run on Tuesdays, April 30 and May 14, 2024 from 2:00-4:00 pm ET (recorded for on-demand viewing). Don’t miss this opportunity!




When you sign up early, you’ll have immediate access to our Early Access On Demand Resources—a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors along with rich, supporting materials in the form of readings, activities, and videos—to explore at your own pace.

Learning Outcomes

After you leave this course, you should have the ability to:

  • Understand the foundations of restorative justice

  • Understand how restorative justice applies to libraries

  • Create a culture of restorative justice in your library

  • Facilitate community building and norm setting circles

  • Initiate restorative conversations 

  • Facilitate peace circles


Who should take this course 

This course is for librarians of all levels who have a new or emerging understanding of restorative justice practices. 

Expected time commitment: 

If you attend or watch the recordings of all live sessions, you'll spend approximately 4 hours on this course. You'll earn 4 hours of PD credit and a Library Journal certificate of completion. 

Live sessions are also available on demand for six months

Can’t make a live session? All guest speaker sessions are recorded and available on demand for six months following the initial broadcast.

Certificate of completion provided 

4 professional development credit hours

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All guest speaker sessions feature live captioning and are made available on demand after the initial broadcast. Please email upon registration if you require any special accommodations and we will make our best efforts to facilitate them.


Course Advisor


Stephen Jackson, (he, him) Director of Equity and Antiracism, Oak Park Public Library




Group Rates

Have a team attend and increase your impact!

Discounted registration fees are available for groups of 3 or more. 

Send us a request for a quote.


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Tueday, April 30, 2024


Session 1 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Foundations of Restorative Justice for Libraries 

What is restorative justice and how is it relevant to libraries? This opening session will cover the foundations of restorative justice and why it matters to libraries. You will learn the basic principles of restorative justice and the importance of building relationships with both colleagues and patrons. This session will also discuss how to use restorative justice as a guide for creating or revising library policies and procedures. 


To be announced



Break | 3:00-3:15 pm ET


Session 2 | 3:15-4:15 pm ET

Creating a Culture of Restorative Justice

Building off of the previous session, this session will discuss restorative tools to build and maintain a culture of restorative justice and community among colleagues and patrons. You will learn about community building circles and community norm setting circles and gain the skills to facilitate these in your library.   


To be announced



Online Classroom Explanation | 4:15-4:30 pm ET

An introduction to the community discussion board and an overview of what to keep in mind between now and our next live sessions.


Tueday, May 14, 2024


Week 1 Debrief | 2:00-2:15 pm ET

This time will provide the opportunity for a moderated, whole-class debrief of what you’ve tried over the last two weeks. You’ll have the chance to share what has gone well, where you still need support, and what questions you have.  

Session 3 | 2:15-3:15 pm ET

Restorative Practices for Minor Issues

This session will discuss restorative tools and practices to use in response to minor incidents of harm. You will learn how to initiate restorative conversations as well as how to facilitate restorative peace circles that help communities respond to harm and conflict as a group. 


To be announced



Break | 3:15-3:30 pm ET


Session 4 | 3:30-4:30 pm ET

Restorative Practices for Major Issues

This session will discuss restorative tools and practices to use in response to major incidents of harm. You will learn how and when to facilitate re-entry circles and restorative conferences that include plans to repair harm and avoid future incidents. 


To be announced






Half-Day Online Course Format

Inspiring Live Guest Speakers 



Live session with Andrea Blackman and Tasneem Ansariyah Grace

Live Guest Speakers 

  • Live, expert speaker sessions with audience Q&A (session recordings available on demand if you can’t join live)
  • Option to join on camera to participate in interactive discussions and activities with course presenters and peers
  • Staggered schedule to allow you to implement ideas from the course and report back with questions and updates.


Online Course Preview

A preview of how we build your library skills and bring inspiration to your projects with our online learning experience.


Online Course Features


Recordings of guest speakers

Recordings Available After The Live Session

  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live video stream (with recordings available afterward)



Early Access On Demand Resources

Early Access and Ongoing Resources To Support Learning

  • Supporting resources (articles, videos, worksheets) in the online classroom to provide a foundation for your work
  • Access all course content for six months after the course ends
  • Bonus: Register early and get immediate access to archival video recordings from related courses and other bonus content




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