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Preventing Overdoses in the Library

San Francisco Public Library is considering training staff members on how to administer Naloxone if they were to encounter someone overdosing in or around the library.

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Just Say No: Keeping Your Library Drug-Free and Safe

The same things that make libraries a good place to study also make them a place where individuals feel they can get away with drug use.

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Don’t Forget Your Emergency Plan

Every October fire departments remind us to change our smoke detector batteries. This is the perfect time to update your emergency plan.

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Safety & Security Workers Are An Integral Part of Library

Quick—how do you deal with a patron who is wearing a big coat on a hot day? Who do you tell when your shelver trips and breaks their arm rearranging the westerns? What can be done about the DVDs you keep having to replace because they go missing from the collection so often? If you are lucky, you can consult with your security team on these issues.

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Should Librarians Be Mandated Reporters?

Sadly, abuse and neglect exist everywhere. In some states, librarians are mandated reporters, and they get training and develop relationships with trained state personnel. In other places, the librarian’s view is moot. Should librarians everywhere be mandated reporters? I think so.

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Library Security is Everybody’s Job

Public libraries are reflections of their communities. This sometimes can include the uglier side of the public, like disruptive behavior, vandalism, or other criminal acts. How can we ensure our libraries are welcoming places?