The Missouri State Library in partnership with the        Mid-America Library Alliance (MALA) is sponsoring this workshop for Missouri Public Library personnel.

This workshop is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.


Mary Puhr - Professional Development / Membership Coordinator 
Mid-America Library Alliance 


Central Jackson County Fire District Training Cent 
4715 E US 40 Highway
Blue Springs, MO 64015

The venue is 1 mile west of Woods Chapel and 2 miles east of MO 291.

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Creating a Culture of Safety and Security in Your Library 




Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
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Registration closes Monday, April 17, 2017.



8:30 – 8:40        Welcome and Introductions

8:40 – 10:00      Library Safety & Security YouTube and Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator:  Ashley Durkee - Mid-Continent Public Library - Grandview Assistant Branch Manager


Cindy Thompson - UMKC Miller Nichols Library - Director of   Public Services

 April Roy - Kansas City Public Library- Plaza Branch Manager

Jon Martin - Johnson County Library - Security Guard at Central Resource Library

  • Discuss the different security issues your library faces and how do they reflect the community you serve?
  • How can you ensure staff who are already stretched so thin have the tools they need to handle and enforce security in your library?
  • What is a good library safety policy and code of conduct?
  • How can you create a culture of safety and security that involves all staff in your library?
  • How can outside institutions such as police and fire departments play an important role in your library security
  • Discussion on enforcement of exclusion policies in your library

10:00-10:15   Break

10:15 – 12:15    Conflict/Conduct Management:  Blue Springs Police Department

  • Working with customers to prevent escalation of an incident
  • Approaching problematic behavior in your library
  • Disruptive Behavior of patrons
  • Assault on staff
  • Acts of sexual misconduct
  • Violent acts between patrons
  • Workplace violence
  • Personal Safety Issues Inside the Library (surveillance, audio monitory, intra-library patrol, staff badges, duress alarms

12:15 – 12:45    Box Lunch provided by MALA

12:45 –  1:05     "Shots Fired - When Lightning Strikes" video

Provides the library employee with critical guidance on how to recognize and survive an active shooter situation

1:10 – 3:15        Situational Awareness:  Blue Springs Police Department

  • Crimes against property (theft, robbery)
  • Mutilation of materials
  • Vandalism of library facilities and equipment
  • Physical arrangement of space
  • Operational Hours
  • Theft from the general collection
  • Theft Prevention Measures
  • Personal safety issues
  • Incident Reporting

3:15 – 4:00        Wrap Up - Share Reading Lists

Weapons in Your Library:  Laws in Missouri and Kansas and how they impact libraries (Monica)

Policies:  Handouts for folder

Weapons in Your Library: Kansas and MO Links




The Missouri State Library through a LSTA grant is funding a very limited number of seats in this workshop for Missouri libraries.  If you would like one of these available seats, please register below. Unless you receive an email regarding a waiting list, you may assume you have received a grant supported seat.

If the grant seats are full, you will be notified and will have the opportunity to register through the normal registration process.  The cost is $80.00 per person for MALA Members and $160 for non-members for this workshop.

Lunch is included with this workshop.


The "Register Now!" button below is ONLY for staff in Missouri Libraries and these are the grant supported seats.  

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For general registration, open to anyone, please follow this link.