For immediate release | April 29, 2014

Library security discussed on upcoming free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Regardless of the size or type of library, staff and patrons need to feel confident that their facility is welcoming and safe. Does your library have a clear plan for dealing with problem patrons and other security incidents? In the next broadcast of American Libraries Live, Dr. Steve Albrecht—a library security expert, consultant and author of several books on workplace violence—will lead our expert panel in a discussion on both preventative and reactive security strategies. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, May 8 for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on the go. Joining Dr. Albrecht in discussing how to diffuse incidents before they happen, and how to respond to them when they do, will be:

  • Jennifer Velásquez, coordinator of teen services, San Antonio Public Library System
  • Cathy Hakala-Ausperk, executive director, Northeast Ohio Regional Library System

AL Live is an immediate and effective way to get to the heart of the real issues in our industry. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own expert on-hand. We look forward to your joining us. To receive e-mail reminders, register at, or go to at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at shortly after it concludes.

For information about advertising or sponsoring an AL Live event, contact: Doug Lewis, American Libraries magazine,, (770) 333-1281. For general information or press inquiries about AL Live, contact: Rob Christopher, Marketing Coordinator,, (312) 280-5052.

Related Links

American Libraries Live

"The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning, and Response"


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

American Library Association

ALA Publishing