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I’m Not Actually a Librarian: Security Staff

Once your library is slated to get a security staff, how do you know what to look for in your personnel search? Former correctional officers and police workers are a good place to start, but there are other aspects to consider and find in your protectors:

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Safety & Security Workers Are An Integral Part of Library

Quick—how do you deal with a patron who is wearing a big coat on a hot day? Who do you tell when your shelver trips and breaks their arm rearranging the westerns? What can be done about the DVDs you keep having to replace because they go missing from the collection so often? If you are lucky, you can consult with your security team on these issues.

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Should Librarians Be Mandated Reporters?

Sadly, abuse and neglect exist everywhere. In some states, librarians are mandated reporters, and they get training and develop relationships with trained state personnel. In other places, the librarian’s view is moot. Should librarians everywhere be mandated reporters? I think so.

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Protecting Your Library Against a Data Breach

With news breaking every month or so about a company that has had a serious data breach, is your library prepared to protect your information and library network?

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Every Cloud Leaks a Little

A recent media scandal involved compromising celebrity photos allegedly hacked from the cloud via the celeb’s cell phones and then distributed to the general public. Shortly after this story broke, my local weather included rain. The jokes flew: every cloud eventually leaks a little.

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Security in the Library

Security can have a variety of connotations in the library world. Internet security and security of library materials are both important aspects of library service, but more important is the safety of patrons and staff. Libraries have plans and procedures for all kinds of situations, including weather/environmental disaster, building fires, electrical outages, etc. Having plans in place for security incidents is integral for the daily running of a library.