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NCJ Number: 158076 Find in a Library
Title: Archival and Library Theft: The Problem That Will Not Go Away
Journal: Library and Archival Security  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(1994)  Pages:25- 49
Author(s): S C Van Nort
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 25
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information on the extent of book theft and the disappearance of other library materials precedes a discussion of some effective countermeasures that may help reduce the problem.
Abstract: Although precise data are unavailable, it is clear that the theft of library materials is a significant problem. However, most thefts of these materials can be prevented. Among the basic security policies that should be practiced are marking valuable materials so that proof of ownership can be established if they are stolen, maintaining accurate cataloguing and inventory records so that an accurate report of missing documents can be filed, and keeping copies of records that can be made available as a means of proving ownership. Accurate recordkeeping is especially important for archival repositories, including the maintenance of accurate inventory records, particularly the calendars of papers for the sets of papers in the collection, retention of the paging call slips with the name of each patron who requests materials, and retention of registration forms filled out by researchers. Some materials should be preserved on microfilm. Libraries and archival institutions should also promote good relations with book and document dealers. To address internal and external theft, institutions must establish procedures applicable to both staff members and visitors. Another action is to lobby for stronger laws for the conviction and prosecution of library crimes. The installation of electronic and mechanical security systems is a widely used security measure. 82 references
Main Term(s): Library/museum security
Index Term(s): Security systems; Theft causes; Theft offenses
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