For immediate release | May 5, 2014

Learn how to keep your library (and everyone in it) safe with PLA’s violence prevention webinar

CHICAGO – Public library staff, by their sheer nature of being “public,” are particularly vulnerable to encountering dangerous or difficult individuals. Learn how to identify potentially violent behavior as well as strategies to diffuse or, in the worst case, survive the situation in the hour-long, live webinar, “Violence Prevention in the Public Library,” presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. CT on May 14.

Attendees will learn how to keep themselves, their colleagues and their customers safe, by understanding warning signs—verbal and non-verbal behaviors—of risk and potential aggression; as well as verbal diffusion strategies and actions to prepare for and react to active shooter incidents. Join us and learn how to keep you, your colleagues, and your customers safe.

Instructor Kenneth Wolf, PhD, is the director of Incident Management Team Inc. He specializes in protective intelligence and has assisted in the development of comprehensive violence prevention and active shooter programs for organizations including the US Postal Service, the US Army, Intel, Eaton Corporation, and other Fortune 500 companies; and frequently presents seminars on violence prevention throughout the world.

The cost to attend “Violence Prevention in the Public Library,” is $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for $129.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at 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.


Amy Sargent

Marketing and Communications Manager