News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: September 17, 2009
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Board Announces Violence Awareness Workshop

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will be holding a "Violence Awareness in Libraries" workshop at the Millbury Public Library on Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Registration is limited to 62 people for this workshop-- please register early. This workshop is open to library staff and trustees. 

Program Description:
This workshop was developed to help library trustees and library staff members deal more capably with hostile situations, so they can reduce stress levels, create a safe environment for library users, and reduce the occurrences of crisis situations.  Most people can learn these defusing skills. The goal is to become practiced in defusing hostility so it becomes second nature, so that successful defusing responses replace less effective ones. This will make your library a safe place for the public and the staff and it will enhance the reputation of the library in the community.  This workshop will be presented by Dr. E. Wallace Coyle, President, E. Wallace Coyle Associates.

Focus will be on learning five skills:

1. Recognize warning signs that suggest potential violence in library customers
2. Understand techniques for dealing with hostile situations
3. What to Look and Listen for in working with the public
4. What NOT to do in defusing difficult situations in the library
5. Understand verbal escalation skills

The workshop is free, however, registration is required.  Registration is limited to 62 people-- please register early.  You may register by email to:

 Please include your name, title and library when you register.

About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners ( is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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