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  • 1.  Resolution on forming security/police presence guidelines?

    Posted Jun 03, 2020 05:13 PM
    Hi everybody,
    I had a thought last night - do we have something that exists already that addresses the use of police in library buildings and general security policies? If not, should we develop one?

    This came about after reading quite a few discussions on facebook (especially on Think Tank) that specifically express disappointment in ALA's weak-sounding statement about what's going on. The BCALA's statement is received better, but still. Shall we not put our money where our mouth is?

    Also, I don't really have much expertise with this (also I'm white so recognizing my own privilege) and so I'd need help. Also, is it appropriate that I be introducing resolutions or suggesting them when it's not at all relevant with the members I represent? Black Lives Matter in this case isn't about gaming.

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    Gina Kromhout, Ohio CPL, MLIS
    Teen Services Librarian
    Avon Lake Public Library
    32649 Electric Blvd.
    Avon Lake, OH 44012
    440-933-8128
    gkromhout@avonlake.lib.oh.us
    2018 Emerging Leader
    GAMERT Councilor
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  • 2.  RE: Resolution on forming security/police presence guidelines?

    Posted Jun 03, 2020 05:18 PM
    Hi Gina,

    I just want to address the question you end with:  yes, it is absolutely appropriate for you to introduce, suggest, discuss, vote on resolutions that go beyond what your round table typically engages in.  Same goes for all Councilors irrespective of whether at-large, chapter, RT, or division.

    I hope you feel encouraged to explore your idea and even bring something to all of us for us to debate.

    Thanks!
    Peter

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    Peter Hepburn
    Head Librarian
    College of the Canyons
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  • 3.  RE: Resolution on forming security/police presence guidelines?

    Posted Jun 04, 2020 09:35 AM

    Hi, Gina.  I've had the same thought and have seen some discussion surrounding it, but I've only just started putting thoughts together.  Is your work email a good way to reach you currently?



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    Tara Brady
    Teen Librarian
    Queens Public Library
    She/Her/Hers
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  • 4.  RE: Resolution on forming security/police presence guidelines?

    Posted Jun 04, 2020 11:03 AM
    Yes, we are open for curbside and my work email is accessible to me. I'm happy to help.
    Peter - thanks! I appreciate your encouraging words and I miss seeing all of you face to face.