Thursday, March 7, 2013

March: Library Safety and Security

Thursday, March 14 (1:00 pm Central time, 2:00pm Eastern, noon Mountain, 11:00am Pacific) is the upcoming episode of AL Live, the popular free streaming video broadcast from American Libraries. Library security expert Warren Graham will lead a discussion about how to keep your library, staff and patrons safe and secure. While demand for library services has increased in a slow economy, budget and staff cuts have forced many librarians to do more with less—a tough proposition when it comes to security.

In this episode, Graham will be joined by panelists Elisabeth Doucett—Director of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, and Brett Lear, Director of the Martin County Library System in Florida. They’ll engage in an interactive discussion that you can help shape via chat, Twitter and Facebook. The panel will discuss several aspects of library security, including topics like setting effective policies and training staff.

To join, just visit at the time of the event, or pre-register at .

You can view AL Live from anywhere--your home, library or favorite wi-fi spot—and watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time as you interact with hosts via a live chat, offering immediate answers to your questions. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own experts on hand. The programs and archives are easy to view; you can find out more, including how to catch the March 14 episode, at

Future broadcasts include:
April 11: The Present and Future of Ebooks
May 9: Library Learning Goes Online
June 6: New Technologies in Library Equipment
July 30: Discovery Services: The Future of Library Systems
Sept. 12: Digging into New Databases

We hope you’ll take advantage of and enjoy this new free way to stay updated on the issues.

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