Northeast Ohio Regional Library System - Event Information
Handling Patron Content Concerns in Challenging Times
Designed primarily for front-line library staff, Handling Patron Content Concerns in Challenging Times will provide tips and advice for dealing with informal challenges to library materials that are occurring across the United States. During this webinar, Dr. Dawkins will equip participants with a step-by-step process to de-escalate potentially hostile encounters. In addition, participants will review talking points to help patrons understand why library workers are advocates for patron access.
Understand and be able to articulate the legal and ethical foundation for the Freedom to Read
Develop a step-by-step process for handling oral complaints/concerns with a variety of types of complainants
Dr. April Dawkins is an assistant professor in the Library and Information Science department at UNC Greensboro. She teaches Materials for Adolescents, Legal & Ethical Issues in School Libraries, and Reading, Literacy, and the Library. Dr. Dawkins is a member of the School Library Research editorial board. She is also the editor of Intellectual Freedom Issues in School Libraries (Libraries Unlimited, 2017). Her research interests include intellectual freedom, self-censorship, and access and equity issues in school libraries and diversity in young adult literature.