New session—Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Library: A Guide to Helping Patrons and the Community Workshop

For Immediate Release
Wed, 08/08/2018


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Library: A Guide to Helping Patrons and the Community with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Many American communities are in the grips of a substance abuse crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses account for 91 deaths a day in the United States. The opioid crisis is destroying lives, and many libraries are witnessing this problem first-hand amongst their patrons, with some librarians even being trained to administer doses of anti-overdose drugs. This is a problem that few librarians anticipated and an area where even fewer have relevant training.

How can we serve our communities to deal with this crisis most effectively? What are our public health obligations? What are our legal obligations? In this workshop, former detective, security and HR expert Steve Albrecht helps you build a strategy that works. You will gain practical solutions that will help you and your staff become more engaged and proactive.

About the Instructor

Dr. Steve Albrecht, PHR, CPP, BCC, is board certified in HR, security management, and employee coaching. In 1994, he co-wrote Ticking Bombs, one of the first business books on workplace violence. He holds a doctorate in Business Administration, an M.A. in Security Management, a B.S. in Psychology, and a B.A. in English. He worked for the San Diego Police Department from 1984 to 1999 and is the author of 15 books on business, workplace security, and criminal justice topics, including Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities (ALA Editions, 2015).

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