ERIC Number: ED307875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Building Security and Personal Safety. SPEC Kit 150.
Bingham, Karen Havill
This report on a survey of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries on building security and personal safety policies examines three areas in detail: (1) general building security (access to the building, key distribution, patrols or monitors, intrusion prevention, lighting, work environment after dark); (2) problem behavior (noise, disorderly conduct, abusive and/or criminal behavior); and (3) emergencies (power outage, bomb threat, fire, natural disaster). The survey results indicate that fewer libraries have developed policies to protect the general security of the building than any other security matter, but this may be because such plans are coordinated by a university-wide security division on some campuses. Although academic libraries have had to deal with an increased incidence of problem behavior in the last decade, the survey shows that it is more common for libraries to have policies governing more severe forms of problem behavior that threaten life or property than for the milder forms which affect the rights of individuals to work undisturbed in libraries. Yet library personnel often insist that they need better guidance in handling milder forms of problem behavior than for severe forms which require police protection. Policies and procedures governing emergencies and disasters are far more common than those dealing with general building security or disruptive behavior. Although many of these policies tended to emphasize damage to library materials and salvage procedures, more recently policies have also begun to address life-protecting measures in the event of emergencies. Examples of 31 building secruity and/or personal safety policies from 21 universities are included in the kit, and 31 references are provided. (EW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Behavior Problems, Emergency Programs, Guidelines, Higher Education, Library Administration, Library Facilities, Position Papers, Safety, Security Personnel, Stealing
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($20.00, prepaid, plus $5.00 postage for first class).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.