Sheila Bryant is an unusual library student. She is a former correctional officer with training and experience in law enforcement. Sheila is a great bridge for library folks who increasingly need to know how to work with law enforcement.
I met Sheila when I was invited to speak in Florida by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium, thanks to Charlie Parker and Karen Wilber. The session was held at Stetson Law School in a gorgeous new building.
I was upstaged by Hurricane Jeanne. If you can help out - the Florida Library Association has established a hurricane relief fund for libraries and library staff.
Only a day after Jeanne, I was amazed at how many librarians turned out. I'm pretty sure it's because Florida librarians (a lively bunch!) get to deal with a lot of tricky legal scenarios... many more than most groups I've talked with. In fact my rough estimate puts Florida at #1 on "may you live in interesting times" chart.
Back to the point, I asked Sheila to write up some practical advice for librarians, and I'm pleased to see she penned a most useful piece which I post here. I hope she continues to contribute to this blog and to librarianship generally on this topic.
Do you know how to look at a law enforcement officer's badge? Click below for Sheila's advice.