Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Security Issues in Ohio Public Libraries

Security Issues in Ohio Public Libraries. At the start of my career, I did a lot of research on library security. I have been way from the topic for a while but may revisit it for my dissertation. Anyway, here is a long lost paper I published as an ERIC Document (ED# 416 907) that I just posted online. There is not a lot on library security on the Web so someone may find it useful.

From the site:

Educational institutions are not always safe and secure places. Violence and property crimes can and do occur. Public libraries are no exception and they are subject to a wide variety of security concerns. These include the theft and mutilation of library material as well as the harassment of library staff and patrons by disturbed individuals. Libraries have responded in many ways to these issues including installing security systems and writing library security policies.

A survey was conducted in January 1997 to determine the security issues of Ohio public libraries. The survey examined library perceptions of security as well as determining if certain security problems had occurred in the last 12 months. The survey also asked if each library had an electronic security system or written security policy. The survey was randomly distributed to 100 libraries of differing sizes around the state. Of these, 70 were returned resulting in a 70% completion rate. The survey was also addressed to the Head of Circulation at each library as the person in this position normally deals with security problems when they occur.

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