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When: Friday, August 3, 2018
9:30 AM
Where: Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton St
Denver, Colorado  80205
United States

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The Colorado Public Library Association (CoPLA) Mini Conference!

Please join us for a day of workshops and discussions focused on the issues of privacy and intellectual freedom in libraries.

August 3, 2018
9:30am to 4pm


Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

2401 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205

Cost (Includes Lunch):

CAL Members: $30

Non-CAL Members: $40



Library Privacy in Today’s World

Jamie LaRue, Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom


Is privacy still relevant in an Amazon-age where people routinely “give away” their own information online? This workshop will explore some of these trending topics, including looking at the role of library boards, staff and leaders in implementing and upholding policies and practices regarding patron data and libraries being seen as neutral, safe community spaces. This workshop is a must for anyone who deals with the public, as well as those wanting to learn more about or contribute thoughts to these topics.

Minds Unlocked: Supporting Intellectual Freedom Behind Bars

Erin Boyington, Colorado State Library Adult Institutions Senior Consultant


Many libraries in Colorado already serve the incarcerated, but public librarians inevitably face the challenge of censorship. Jails and prisons don’t always have clear or consistent policies, so through this workshop librarians would practice advocacy skills specifically created to persuade an audience of skeptical wardens, sheriffs, and other correctional staff.


When Values Collide Among Staff Members and Patrons

Pat Wagner, Pattern Research, Inc., Management Consultant


With the increased polarization in American society, it’s not surprising when strong disagreements occur among library employees, among patrons, and between employees, patrons, and visitors to the library. For example,:

·         The employees who vent about religion and politics as if everyone is “just like them”.

·         Patrons who appear to show up with a chip on their shoulder about their political beliefs and attempt to engage others in debates..

·         Employees and patrons that believe they have a 1st Amendment right to be obnoxious and rude to each other, based on the “s/he started it” theory of constitutional law.


Each situation is unique, however, it’s important for the library to establish a culture and a set of policies based on respect and to be willing to support those policies with action.


Topics include establishing policies and procedures that focus on behavior (how people act, not why), the importance of consistency at service desks, bringing in outside “officials” to champion better behaviors, information about who interprets First Amendment rights, basic techniques regarding reducing the drama, and creating a space for civil discourse.

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