The Black Belt Librarian

The Black Belt Librarian

Real-world Safety and Security

Book - 2012
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Sharing expertise gleaned from more than two decades as a library security manager, the author demonstrates that libraries can maintain their best traditions of openness and public access by creating an unobtrusive yet effective security plan. In straightforward language, the author: shows how to easily set clear expectations for visitors' behavior; presents guidelines for when and how to intervene when someone violates the code of conduct, including tips for approaching an unruly patron; offers instruction on keeping persistent troublemakers under control or permanently barred from the library; and gives library staff tools for communicating effectively with its security professionals, including examples of basic documentation. Also, this guide arms librarians with the confidence and know how they need to maintain a comfortable, productive, and safe environment for everyone in the library.
Publisher: Chicago : American Library Association, 2012.
ISBN: 9780838911372
Characteristics: xx, 80 pages :,forms ;,23 cm.


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This is a slim book but packed with useful information for library staff. One point I have remembered long after reading this book -- if you hire security personnel make sure they LIKE people. You don't need a "John Wayne" type strutting around the library.

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