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The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning, and Response
Miriam B. Kahn
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0949-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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Check out the companion Library Security eCourse! This title is also available for purchase as an e-book or as a print/e-book bundle.

208 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0949-2
Year Published: 2007
AP Categories: A, C, I

Libraries need to be open and inviting, yet safe for patrons, staff, and collections.
How can you ensure your library is both accessible and secure? Security planning, part of disaster response and continuous operations planning, is the key to proactively addressing potential safety issues.

Look over the shoulder of disaster expert Kahn as she walks through key safety and security issues step by step. This new book outlines hands-on plans to:

  • Identify potential security problems
  • Put prevention strategies in place
  • Create guidelines for libraries and staff in case something does happen
  • Minimize risk, whether to building, collections, patrons, staff, or computers

    Case studies, along with 20 checklists and 10 sample policies and forms, are the basis for organizing and evaluating security plans tailored to your institution. Library administrators, building managers, special collections and preservation staff, IT managers, and facilities directors at libraries and cultural institutions of all sizes and types can easily adapt the tools. Follow these proven strategies to keep problems small and manageable, and know what to do “in case of emergency.”

    Table of Contents


    Part 1 – Building Security
    1. Surveying Exteriors and Grounds
    2. Surveying Interior Public Areas
    3. Surveying Staff-Only Areas

    Part 2 – Security for Collections and Equipment
    4. Security for General Collections
    5. Security for Special Collections and Archives
    6. Security for Art, Objects, and Exhibits
    7. Security for Local and Remote Storage Facilities
    8. Security for Computer Equipment, Electronic Data, and Websites
    9. Property and Casualty Insurance

    Part 3 – Safety
    10. Patron and Staff Safety
    11. Security and Safety Departments

    A. Checklists
    B. Sample Forms
    C. Resource Organizations

    About the Author

    Miriam B. Kahn, founder of MBK Consulting, helps libraries, archives, corporations, and cultural institutions plan for, recover from, and prevent disasters that interrupt services. Since 1989, she has been working in the field of preservation, consulting on disaster response, and offering hands-on assistance during disasters. She is the author of Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries, Second Edition and Protecting Your Library’s Electronic Resources (ALA Editions). She is a popular presenter and teacher, offering courses at Kent State University’s Graduate School for Library and Information Science and throughout the Midwest. She holds an MLS from Queens College.

    “This guide is essential as a working tool for all types of libraries, museums, and cultural institutions. It should also be used by community and regional networks of cultural institutions working together on emergency preparedness.”

    “A concise, intelligent, pragmatic handbook that deserves to become a standard text.”
    --The Australian Library Journal

    "Although the word 'handbook' is not in the title of this new work, it functions as a handbook because it is comprehensive, practical, and easy to use. The author covers the material in a matter-of-fact style with accompanying checklists and forms that may be adapted and used by libraries large and small."
    --Internet Reference Services Quarterly

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