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Today is the Deadline to Register for April 10 Securing Your Library in Troubling Times

The deadline to register for next week’s Securing Your Library in Troubling Times special program is today, April 2!

This program has been approved for CEUs through the Library of Michigan and LEUs from the Indiana State Library

You can attend this program in many ways! In person at the Lansing Community College West Campus, at one of our regional viewing parties throughout Michigan & Indiana or via live streaming video at your office!

On April 10, 2014, in partnership with the Michigan State Police, the Cooperative Directors Association, & the Library of Michigan, MCLS will provide a program instructing and preparing librarians for a worst case scenario, an Active Shooter situation. The program will be held at the Lansing Community College West Campus and will be available through live web streaming for remote viewing either in your own office or at regional viewing parties throughout Michigan.

Balancing the tenent of libraries as free and open spaces while ensuring the safety of staff and patrons is an ambitious challenge. There are bad actors and some so lost, they barely comprehend their actions. As stewards of our buildings, the charge for librarians is to prepare for the worst; arming ourselves first with knowledge, then acting accordingly.

The morning session will consist of training from the Michigan State Police about personal safety and developing an Active Shooter policy and procedures. There will be a panel and presentation from librarians who have dealt with violence in their workplaces and/or undergone Active Shooter training in their library. The final session will be by Mark Alley who will present on the phases of critical incidents and crisis communication.

This program is part of a series brought to you by the Cooperative Directors Association, the Library of Michigan and MCLS. This project is funded (in part) with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library of Michigan.

For more information, including pricing and regional viewing party locations as well as to register, go to:

If you are interested purchasing a group viewing rate for your staff to attend from one location, the cost is $249 for MCLS members or $349 for non-members. If you are interested, contact Heather at