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How safe is your library?

Elisa F. Topper (Dundee Township Public Library, Dundee, Illinois, USA)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 28 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The paper seeks to draw attention to the fact that libraries need to be on alert about security in the workplace. Management needs to be sure that safety and security policies and procedures are in place for all types of libraries and staff is trained in how to deal with the various issues that may arise.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper takes the form of a literature review and provides suggestions that may be used to train staff.

Findings

There is awareness that situations happen in libraries but how well staff are trained in dealing with these situations is questionable.

Originality/value

The paper stresses the value of being aware of the safety and security issues that need to be part of ongoing training for all staff, no matter what type of library.

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Citation

Topper, E.F. (2008), "How safe is your library?", New Library World, Vol. 109 No. 3/4, pp. 182-184. https://doi.org/10.1108/03074800810857630

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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