On Tuesday April 26th at 1:00 pm Empire State Library Network will host, Libraries and First Amendment Audits: Ask the Lawyer Webinar with Stephanie Cole Adams.
Public libraries across the country are experiencing an increase in encounters of patrons conducting “First Amendment audits”. The asserted purpose of these “audits” is to record alleged civil rights violations in places open to the public, but the recording can impact patron privacy, workforce conditions, and library operations.
This session will cover:
- how libraries can prepare their policies and staff for these types of interactions,
- tips for training staff for in-the-moment response, and
- public relations techniques to foster respect for all people involved, willfully or circumstantially, in these types of encounters.
This online event is free but registration is required.