Library Leaders' Safety Summit: Continuing the Conversation

This course will explore practical ways leaders can help create safer libraries.



Course Description 

Guest speaker sessions via Zoom:
Thursday, Feb. 8, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm ET (recordings available)

This course is designed for public and academic library directors, security heads, and administrators. This course will explore practical ways leaders can help create safer libraries by supporting mental health issues, building community partnerships to support safety, managing crisis communications and frontline support, and more.

This online course, featuring new content, is a continuation of our previous in-person and online safety events. If you have not attended our previous events, not to worry! Register early to get access to the archived content, and join us as we discuss how best to approach safety, security, and wellness in libraries.

We’ll explore and workshop effective approaches and real-life examples of safety solutions and discuss how to approach safety from a trauma-informed and equity-centered commitment.

The live sessions run on Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 12:00-4:00 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 role of relationships regarding safety

  • Understand the impact of community partnerships on library safety

  • Prepare for and support your library in weather-related emergencies 

  • Communicate internally and externally about crises

  • Support staff wellness alongside safety measures


Who should take this course 

This course is for public and academic library leaders, safety and facilities heads, and other stakeholders invested in maintaining library safety.

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.


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.




By registering for this event you confirm that you have read and agree to our Code of Conduct.

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Half-Day Online Course: Thursday, February 8, 2024


Session 1 | 12:00-12:30 pm ET

Empathy and Safety: The Role of Relationships

How can relationships impact and enhance safety? What are practical ways you can lead your staff through building relationships with patrons? This session will discuss how a commitment to relationships can help create a culture of safety and wellness in your library.


Eddie Kristan (he, him), Genealogy & Local History Librarian, Arlington Heights Memorial Library 


Session 2 | 12:30-1:15 pm ET

Community Partnerships to Support Safety

How can leveraging an external partnership support safety measures at your library? What types of partnerships might have the greatest impact on safety goals? This session will showcase different examples of community partnerships that help bolster safer libraries and communities.


 Rob Simmons, Director of Social Services and Public Safety at Oak Park Public Library (IL) 


Break | 1:15-1:30 pm ET

Session 3 | 1:30-2:15 pm ET

Leading through Natural Disasters and Weather-Related Emergencies

In addition to threats or incidents of violence, many libraries are facing more and more climate-related crises. What unique considerations should you keep in mind when managing through a climate-related emergency? This session will discuss ways to manage through these disasters and ensure your staff, community, and yourself are supported.


Dr. Beth Patin, PhD, MIS, MLIS (she, her, hers), Assistant Professor at School of Information Studies Syracuse University, Co-Founder of Library and Information Investigative Team Research Group, Executive Director, Rocket City Civil Rights


Break | 2:15-2:30 pm ET


Session 4 | 2:30-3:15 pm ET

Crisis Management and Communications

How can leaders best communicate to staff and others about a crisis situation, and what should leaders keep in mind to support staff before, during, and after an incident? How should leaders engage with the media and your community during and after an incident? This session will discuss practical best practices for internal and external crisis communications. 


Jennie Pu, Director, Hoboken Public Library

LaDonna Weems, Deputy Assistant Director of Communications at Houston Public Library


Session 5 | 3:15-4:00 pm ET

Balancing Acts of Safety: Security, Wellness, and Staff Management

This session will cover the complex tensions that can arise with safety topics, including balancing local politics and state legislation, managing staff and the safety policies they might disagree with, and supporting staff mental and physical wellness alongside your own.


Sara Slymon, Library Director, Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy, Ma

Stephanie Chase (she, her) Founder, Constructive Disruption | Breaking Down Barriers to Progress and Executive Director at Libraries of Eastern Oregon  





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


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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