Learn how you can help cyberbullied patrons in upcoming PLA webinar

For Immediate Release
Fri, 04/17/2015


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing



CHICAGO — Cyberbullying is a form of online violence affecting many teens and adults. It has been discussed frequently in the popular media, but is still a misunderstood issue. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn more about cyberbullying, the impact of cyberbullying on victims, current trends in cyberbullying, legal and ethical considerations and what librarians can do to help. “Cyberbullying and the Public Librarian: What Can I Do to Help?” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on May 6.

Presenter Abigail Phillips, a third-year doctoral candidate in the School of Information at Florida State University, will teach participants how to articulate a definition for cyberbullying, identify information, resources and community organizations that can help library staff support cyberbullied teens and adults and develop a beginning action plan for their libraries to legally and ethically respond to cyberbullied patrons in need.

The cost to attend “Cyberbullying and the Public Librarian: What Can I Do to Help?" is $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for $129. The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. Central on Monday, May 4.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or pla@ala.org.