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Library security and safety handbook : prevention, policies, and procedures
Shuman, Bruce A.
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Chicago : American Library Association, 1999.
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x, 310 pages ; 23 cm
Overview: library security and safety -- Protecting materials in libraries -- Problem behaviors in libraries -- Preparing for and reacting to security incidents in libraries -- Emergency and disaster management policies and procedures -- Legal and ethical issues of security and new technology -- Electronic security issues -- The future of library security.
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Z679.6 .S52 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Libraries have long been viewed as safe refuge from the stresses of work, school, even home. But as times have changed, so have the realities of library security.

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Library Journal Review

Shuman (Beyond the Library of the Future, Professional Media, LJ 7/97) provides a comprehensive and readable textbook on library security problems. The opening chapter is an excellent overview on the history and major aspects of library-related crime plus common deterrence measures. The following sections cover solutions for protecting materials, handling problem behaviors, preparing for and reacting to incidences, emergency and disaster policies and procedures, legal and ethical aspects of security, and issues raised by electronic resources. Shuman closes with a good discussion on both future problems and advances in the security area. All chapters include solid examples of real-life security issues. Shuman's major theme is plan ahead, and never assume that such problems cannot occur in your library. His excellent work complements Teri R. Switzer's bibliographic Safe at Work?: Library Security and Safety Issues (Professional Media, LJ 5/1/99) plus the British Security and Crime Prevention Problems in Libraries (Gower, 1992). Required reading for all librarians.√ĄStephen L. Hupp, Swedenborg Memorial Lib., Urbana Univ., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.