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2023 MLA Conference: Safety, not security: promoting library safety with compassion and inclusivity

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2023 Montana Library Association Conference: Keeping Libraries Wild
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Thursday, April 13, 2023 3:30 PM
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Thursday, April 13, 2023 5:00 PM


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Registered conference attendees who attend can claim MSL CE credits for this workshop. 
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Learn about Missoula Public Library’s new Safety Specialist position, a divergence from traditional security. Also, hear from Rick Jenkins of Safe Libraries Consulting and head of safety at Seattle Public Library on de-escalation tactics and approaching library safety with compassion and care.

Amanda Allpress is the Assistant Director of Operations at Missoula Public Library. Her previous position at the library was Reference Librarian, with a focus on senior services. In past library work she has been a Young Adult Librarian, a Library Information Technician at a community college, and a Technical Services Librarian at a law firm. When not at the library, you may find Amanda working in the garden or doing some “outdoorsy” activities with her husband and dogs.

Elizabeth Jonkel has been Assistant Director at Missoula Public since 2009. Prior to that, she worked in government and as a consultant in Canada and in the United States. She will always look at photos of your cat.

Rick Jenkins has over 30 years of security experience, including work in San Diego, Las Vegas, and Tokyo, Japan. For the last 13 years he has proudly worked for the Seattle Public Library Security Division, winners of the “Team of the Year Award.” As a Lead Security Officer, Rick is responsible for coordinating day-to-day operations at an eleven-story downtown public Library and navigating all the issues that a dense urban environment presents. In his spare time Rick enjoys walking his German shepherd, Roman, spending time with his family, and gloating about the success of his fantasy football team.

Brett Bloom is a Safety Specialist at Missoula Public Library. He has helped MPL create the position into what it is today. He has a background in security forces, the air force, and animal control. He is a writer, currently working on his second novel.



Billings, MT



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Continuing Education Credit(s)

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1.5 creditsLibrary Administration
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Bartow, Colet - Staff (Montana State Library)
Vriesman, Kirk - Director (Montana Library Association)

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