ERIC Number: ED396765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Security Issues of Academic Libraries.
Lorenzen, Michael G.
This study examines and evaluates security issues in academic libraries and examines how educators in institutions of higher learning deal with them. Security issues include: the theft of library materials, the mutilation or vandalism of library materials, dealing with deranged and/or disruptive patrons, and assaults on library patrons and staff. The purpose of the study is to develop an integrated approach to dealing with security issues of academic libraries. This is significant in a time when higher education is being forced to contain costs. Replacing missing and mutilated library items is expensive as is dealing with lawsuits resulting from victims of criminal activity in libraries. While there are multiple causes for security problems, studies have shown that most mutilation and theft is done by patrons who do not understand replacement costs, do not care about the needs of others, and do not know they are committing a crime when they mutilate or steal from the library. Various authors have urged educating this type of patron to cut down on security problems. Library staff cause some problems by not knowing what security problems are and how to deal with them. They also do not always enforce the rules consistently, which may make security problems worse. Librarians are taking steps to deal with security issues by installing electronic security systems, addressing areas such as building design, using identification cards, and educating patrons. (Contains 64 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Book Losses; Book Mutilation; Library Security
Note: Master's Seminar Paper, Ohio University.