WNYLRC Workshop, Checking Out Respect: Recognizing, Addressing and Preventing Harassment & Discrimination in Your Library
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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WNYLRC Training Center


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:

  • With an understanding of what constitutes illegal discrimination and harassment
  • How to recognize and deter sexual harassment
  • How to report and receive reports of concerns
  • What to expect after there has been a complaint
  • How to contribute to an environment of respect, and how respect helps avoid charges of illegal discrimination

Join WNYLRC attorney, Stephanie Adams, and consultant Nicola Medley Ballard, for an informative and lively session.



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Stephanie "Cole" Adams and Nicola Medley Ballard
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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.


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