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Heading to ACRL to Give an Unexpected Workshop

So, you know me. I think a lot about information literacy, instruction, sometimes technology, sometimes copyright… So I’m not presenting a workshop on any of those things at ACRL. Nope, I’m presenting with one of my colleagues (the wonderful Kristin Partlo) on the topic of emergency planning.

“But tornadoes and active shooter incidents in libraries have so little to do with library instruction,” you say. And not too long ago I would have totally agreed with you. But it turns out that there’s just a whole ton of overlap between customer service, instruction, and emergency planning.

The workshop still has some openings (as of the moment I pushed publish), if you want you can still join us in what I promise will not be a terrifying presentation about all the ways you can die unexpectedly. Really, I swear. It’s actually going to be pretty action packed and cheerful and extremely practical even if you’re not The Person In Charge of Emergencies at your library. So join us!

Here’s the official blurb:

Emergency Planning for Safe Learning Environments: Simple, Sustainable Solutions for Complex Times

Our libraries are high-traffic, public spaces that are vulnerable to many kinds of threats, but planning for emergencies does not have to be onerous or unpleasant or done only by administrators. Come design a practical plan to initiate and carry out workplace safety discussions at your library, identify stakeholders in your community, and implement simple but effective measures to guard your own safety and that of your user community.


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  1. ACRL is on my instruction library list of conferences to attend in the next few years. I hope you will consider posting your presentation or notes on your presentation on the blog. This is something we should all be aware of and I’m particularly curious about what you have to share regarding the classroom.

  2. Hi Elizabeth. You should definitely consider ACRL. It’s large enough to have many good sessions, but not nearly as overwhelming as ALA annual. It’s my favorite conference.

    And yes, I’ll probably post quite a few workshop materials here after the workshop. :)

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