Public libraries across Canada are facing an unprecedented increase in the frequency and intensity of security and safety incidents in their spaces. Continuing the momentum of the CULC/CBUC Safety & Security Working Group, the Safety and Security Community of Practice will consist of a group of 8-10 CULC/CBUC members who will:
- Promote learning, support and collaboration around safety and security amongst CULC/CBUC members.
- Ensure the CULC/CBUC Safety & Security Toolkit (consisting of best practices regarding safety and security including training and employee supports, social workers, customer conduct expectations, collaborative initiatives with other agencies) continues to be a living document.
- Provide expertise and support to the CULC/CBUC Executive in advocacy work related to safety and security.
The following are the Community of Practice deliverables.
- Facilitating the sharing and usage of the safety and security toolkit by CULC/CBUC and other public libraries.
- Engaging members in the toolkit content and renewal of content.
- Adding new content as necessary to the toolkit; updating and editing content to the toolkit.
- Establishing a community of practice for CULC/CBUC members and their staff who are engaged in the work of safety and security to enable sharing and learning.
- Creating a portal/wiki that includes the range and diversity of resources related to Safety and Security contributed by CULC/CBUC members that is easily accessible and searchable (with the support of CULC/CBUC’s administrative staff).
- Engaging the community of practice members to provide support and resources to each other and other CULC/CBUC members.
- Supporting CULC/CBUC Executive in implementing the communications and advocacy strategy related to safety and security.
The following will be used to evaluate the success of this working group:
- Feedback indicates that the toolkit and accompanying portal is helpful and
useful, relevant, and current.
- Collaboration demonstrated through sharing best practices within the working group.
- A robust website that is regularly updated and used by members of CULC/CBUC.
- Karin Borland, Winnipeg Public Library,
- Heather Robertson, Calgary Public Library,
- and managers representing a variety of CULC/CBUC member library sizes (up to 10 in
- CULC/CBUC Executive Director (and admin support) Ex Officio
- Chair: Moe Hosseini-Ara
3-year rotation to enable other CULC/CBUC members to participate/contribute.