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NCJ Number: 99724 Find in a Library
Title: Internal and External Responsibilities and Practices for Library Security (From Security for Libraries, P 51-82, 1984, Marvine Brand, ed. - See NCJ- 99721)
Author(s): J A Paris
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: American Library Assoc
Chicago, IL 60611
Sale Source: American Library Assoc
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes security procedures for school, university, and public libraries, comparing 'inside' security measures (library staff and volunteers) with 'outside' measures (municipal, campus, and private police) for each type of library.
Abstract: Security problems characteristic of each type of library are identified. 'Inside' security procedures described for school libraries include (1) increasing accessibility of resources (reduces the need for theft), (2) building rapport with library users, (3) experimenting with methods to combat the nonreturn of media center materials, and (4) providing door checks. Other 'inside' security measures described for school libraries are improving the interior design to facilitate supervision and safety as well as installing electronic security systems. Among the 'outside' security procedures for school libraries are random police visits to the school. 'Inside' security measures for university libraries include exit guards and turnstiles. 'Outside' measures include campus police surveillance and presence in the library as well as private police hired specifically for library security. 'Inside' security measures for public libraries encompass the use of 'collectors' to visit the homes of delinquent borrowers and the installation of electronic security systems to detect theft attempts. 'Outside' measures may include a scheduled police presence and surveillance or assistance on demand. The article provides the outline of an inservice security training program.
Index Term(s): Library/museum security; Police responsibilities; Private police; Security management; Security surveys; Security training
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