Librarians works with a huge array of material, interact with people from all walks of life, and work to ensure information is accessible to all. This mission can lead to interactions of enormous enlightenment...but can also create circumstances where ignorance, misunderstanding, or even simple aggression can leave staff and patrons feeling discriminated against, or harassed.
How can a library properly respond to such occurrences, and even better, prevent them from happening? Please join WNYLRC for "Checking Out Respect," a workshop to help train leadership and staff to recognize, address, and prevent workplace discrimination and harassment.
Designed to be both informative and interactive, "Checking Out Respect," takes library staff beyond the legal definitions, and into the skills for addressing behavior that is alienating or abusive. After a brief review of the latest case law and policy, the session will break into role-playing scenarios and discussion-based learning. Real-world examples will be used, and participants will work not only with the legal considerations, but complicating dynamics like reporting harassment while honoring patron confidentiality, co-worker tension, and leadership issues.
Attendees should leave this workshop:
Join WNYLRC attorney, Stephanie Adams, and consultant Nicola Medley Ballard, for an informative and lively session.
Stephanie (nickname: Cole) Adams is an attorney advising libraries, creative professionals, civic organizations, and higher education institutions as they build our culture. She first developed a deep connection to libraries working as a page, then clerk, at her hometown library in New Hartford, NY. For over 10 years, Ms. Adams was the in-house counsel at Niagara University, where she routinely conducted trainings in discrimination and workplace respect. She is now the owner of her own practice, the Law Office of Stephanie Adams, PLLC, in Buffalo. Ms. Adams is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of New York (and you may be familiar with her work...Cole works staffs the WNYLRC's "Ask the Lawyer" service).
Nicola Medley Ballard is a consultant and media expert operating a woman-owned, minority-owned business in the City of Buffalo. As recently featured in the Buffalo News, Ms. Ballard is an entrepreneur who trains and encourages women and under-represented minorities to start and grow businesses of their own. By necessity, her work requires the graceful but insistent challenge to discrimination in the workplace. The owner of Rudeboyz Artworks, her business in located in a place where many cultures grow and gather: Buffalo's emerging "5 Points" zone.
INTERSECT is not your grandmother's library conference!
This brand new regional gathering of library and information professionals will be taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn, Buffalo, NY on Friday, October 5, 2018.
The purpose of INTERSECT is to facilitate a culture of co-learning among librarians and other interested professionals in the region by bringing people together to network and share ideas in an interactive, engaging, informal setting where participants determine the content.
INTERSECT: Where People and Ideas Meet!
Program and session descriptions can be viewed here: https://wnylrc.org/uploads/documents/committees/ce/INTERSECT_program.pdf
Activities, including workshops and tours, will be held during lunch time.
Early bird registration will be available to everyone until August 15th, after which the registration price will increase to $40 for WNYLRC members and $50 for non-members.
Please fill out our form on preferred sessions, lunch activities, and your meal selection once you've registered: https://wnylrc.wufoo.com/forms/q1yutqd11vjaht8/
Spaces for each session and lunch activities are limited -- so sign up soon!
If you need disability accommodations, please email Caitlin at email@example.com.
There is $5/day valet parking only for guests of our Unconference at the Hilton Garden Inn.
We have a block of rooms reserved with a special conference rate at the Hilton Garden Inn available on a first come, first serve basis if you wish to stay overnight. You can book online at buffalodowntown.hgi.com with the booking code: WNYLR. You can also call Hilton Garden Inn at either 1-855-446-1178 or 716-848-1000 and inform the agent that helps you of the dates that you wish to book and the special code (WNYLR).