LIBRARIAN: Black Belt required?. Misawa Air Base Japan, 1984. Wado-ryu. Shotokan. Shorinji kempo. South Carolina, 2010. Shorin-ryu. What we wish s ecurity was in small and rural libraries…. Reality…. Ki-yaaah!!!.
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Face of a man that looks like Vladimir Lenin?
Woman walking past a tree toward bridge?
If a large male roaming around the library began screaming profanity at his step-daughter who was quietly doing homework at a computer?
If two teenage males began a verbal altercation at a study table and then one stood up appearing ready to strike the other?
If a teenage female informed you that she was approached by an older patron who asked her for personal information and then he suggested that they take a ride in his car?
If a middle-aged couple, both using computers, loudly and profanely, refused to relinquish the computers when their time had expired?
Not gonna call g-busters, so…
Is it knowing karate
Some directors think so!
than karate training…
Being free from danger or risk from outsidea facility.
Let’s look, together…
Libraries - quiet places where thoughtful, intelligent people relax, read, research, and generally find pleasure in the calm atmosphere where there’s nothing to worry about.Thoughtful & intelligent?
will they postpone
the eclipse of the sun?
and how did he build
that time machine?”
the Declaration ofIndependence?”
There’s a bunch of
out for me there
and I want to see if
I’m in the paper.”
that says ‘no parking’ in big letters.
Can I park there?"
Charlotte and where is
the damn library?”
Not only do they ask interesting questions but they do interesting things as well…
You never know who you may get, what they might do, and when & where an event will happen.
happening before intervening.
police, social services, and local schools.
If I were a branch manager,
I would meet with local police,
tell them what happens in libraries
and let them know we have
security procedures, we’re trained, and
we are certainly not going to call
the police unless we need them.
If we call, it’s serious business—
so get here as quickly as you can.”
when something Is not
quite right. You need to
Heed such feelings.
This intuition is given To us
by nature, but as
Spoiled americans living
In a relatively safe society
Our guard has been lowered…
If you work in a public entity
Like a library…
you’d best get your intuition back.”
to continually be on guard and perceive
activities within your sensory range—
what is happening,
what is going to happen,
and how to react.
It is a perspective and skill that fosters
decision making, to determine
context and relevance
of unfolding events.
To observe or detect .
To watch closely for purposes of control. To oversee or regulate.
“No two security situations are quite alike. Human interaction is always dynamic and never static. Rarely is there a black-and-white solution to an incident; it is almost always gray.”
“The whole idea…is to empower you to be able to respond to a situation rather than simply react.”
Develop plans & policies – Borrow them from other libraries.All library staff members should study and know the policies, rules and procedures.Practice situations with staff – think about worst-case scenarios.The “it won’t happen here” can and will happen; don’t wait until...
“the KISS principle”
“Keep your rules simple and clarify your guidelines.
Don’t get bogged down trying to create a perfect policy. There is no such thing, and when you discover weaknesses in your procedures you will adjust them.
If you are not careful, you can end up with policy that
is so wishy-washy it doesn’t really say anything.
Security is a living thing and doesn’t remain fixed.”
Baltimore County Public Library, edited by Arlene Anderson. Help Manual: A Guide for Emergency Situations. BCPL (December 1995) - Covers Building Emergencies, Medical Emergencies, Problem Behavior, Service Inquiries and Complaints, Theft/Loss Prevention. The format provides a definition of the problem and action steps that should be undertaken by appropriate staff.
Campus Crime Prevention Programs. The complete library safety and security manual: A comprehensive resource manual for academic and public library professionals and law enforcement officers, Goshen, KY (2001)
Cravey, Pamela. Protecting Library Staff, Users, Collections and Facilities: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York, Neal-Schuman (2001) - Contents include: Library Security Today, An Overview; Security of the General Collection; Security of Users and Employees (especially, Expectations of a Safe Environment); Security of Electronic Files and Systems; Security of Special Collections; Security for Special Events; Library Security: Legal, Personnel, and Vendor Considerations. Especially helpful are sample policies, such as the “Draft Workplace Violence Policy”.
Graham, Warren. The Black Belt Librarian, Chicago: American Library Association (2012)
Kahn, Miriam B. Disaster response and planning for libraries, 2nd Edition Chicago: American Library Association (2003)
McNeil, Beth & Johnson, Denise J. Patron Behavior in Libraries: A Handbook of Positive Approaches to Negative Situations, Chicago: American Library Association (1999)
Shuman, Bruce A. Library Security and Safety Handbook: Prevention, Policies, and Procedures. Chicago: American Library Association (1999) - Contents include: Overview: Library Security and Safety, Protecting Materials in Libraries, Problem Behaviors in Libraries, Preparing for and Reacting to Security Incidents in Libraries, Emergency and Disaster Management Policies and Procedures; Legal and Ethical Issues of Security and New Technology, Electronic Security Issues and the Future of Library Security.
Toner, Eric S. Creating Situational Awareness: A Systems Approach. (2009)