Date(s) - 03/08/2018
10:00 am CST - 11:00 am CST
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Have inappropriate comments or behavior of a sexual nature made you feel uncomfortable or unsafe at work? Like many public-facing employees, it’s time for library staff members to say #MeToo.
Let’s talk about sexual harassment in the library. We’ll start with a short presentation about sexual harassment, how it impacts women, men, people of color, LGBTQ folks, and underage workers, and how it manifests in the library.
Then we’ll talk through some techniques you can use to professionally but firmly address these behaviors, ways you can support your coworkers, and ideas for starting the conversation with your administrative team.
Katie McLain is a Reference Assistant at the Waukegan Public Library, focusing primarily on a wide range of in-person and online reader services for the community. She is an MLIS candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Amanda Civitello is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Waukegan Public Library, where she is responsible for strategic communications, public relations, and community engagement. She’s also a contributing editor to Public Libraries magazine, for which she edits the “Best Practices” column.
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Skill Level: Introduction & Beyond Basic
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