The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning, and Response--eEditions PDF e-book

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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."


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


Miriam B. Kahn

Miriam B. Kahn is the founder of MBK Consulting, helping libraries, archives, corporations, and cultural institutions plan for, recover from, and prevent disasters that interrupt services. Since 1989, she has worked in the field of preservation, consulting on disaster response, and offering hands-on assistance during disasters. Author of The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning, and Response and Protecting Your Library's Electronic Resources, she is a popular presenter and teacher, leading courses at Kent State University's Graduate School for Library and Information Science and throughout the Midwest. She holds an MLS from Queens College, CUNY and a PhD from Kent State University.

"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