[ISN] REVIEW: "Management of Library and Archive Security"

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Date: Fri Oct 16 1998 - 03:14:19 PDT

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    Computer underground Digest    Wed  Oct 14, 1998   Volume 10 : Issue 51
    File 3--REVIEW: "Management of Library and Archive Security", Robert K.
    From: "Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor" <rsladet_private>
    BKMNLASC.RVW   980804
    "Management of Library and Archive Security", Robert K. O'Neill, 1998,
    0-7890-0519-0, U$29.95
    %E   Robert K. O'Neill
    %C   10 Alice Street, Binghampton, NY   13904-1580
    %D   1998
    %G   0-7890-0519-0
    %I   The Haworth Press Inc.
    %O   U$29.95 800-429-6784 fax: 800-895-0582 getinfot_private
    %P   120 p.
    %T   "Management of Library and Archive Security"
    This appears to be a hardcover "co-print" of Volume 25, Number 1, of the
    Journal of Library Administration.  It talks about a wide range of
    security related issues, but also has significant weak points and holes in
    the coverage.  Organization is random, with poor division according to the
    titular subject of the different papers.  The organization also appears to
    be exactly backwards, with the first essay looking at what to do *after*
    you've been robbed, and the last discussing policy. 
    Both quality and style vary from paper to paper.  Those sections that do
    deal with law enforcement and reporting relate strictly to the United
    States, with one token mention of a British reporting group.  While a
    number of important areas are touched on, and a good deal of useful
    information is given, it may be hard to find, or find again.  The article
    on security, for example, does not provide practical details of patron
    access to highly secured special collections, although both the articles
    on audit and policies do address specific features and points.  On the
    other hand, the piece that does address the need to provide lockers for
    patrons forced to leave coats and bags outside the reading room is not
    followed up with the greater necessity for similar provisions for staff
    facing the same restrictions. 
    The article on the aftermath of a theft will probably be useful to those
    who are panicked by the first such occurrence.  The material provides
    good, practical advice for those in the emotional throws of the event,
    although most of it is simple common sense.  The paper on audit, on the
    other hand, says very little about auditing, and the content is does
    contain is theoretical and abstruse.  Law enforcement gets a folksy
    treatment, and, in similar fashion to the first essay, seems to
    concentrate on calming nerves.  Some advice on the issue of records and
    evidence useful in court might have been helpful.  A recounting of a case
    recovering illegally transported artifacts is interesting, but serves
    primarily to remind managers of the importance of communication with
    colleagues and the range of law enforcement agencies.  The single paper on
    security itself emphasizes preservation from the elements and makes only a
    token mention of active security against theft and none against fraud. 
    The final article on security policies gives much practical advice on a
    variety of matters, but doesn't really address policy.  Given the current
    importance of both library management systems and electronic access to
    collections and other information resources I find it significant that
    none of the essays discuss data security. 
    As a short introduction to a specialty topic this has its place, but those
    seeking a complete resource will be disappointed. 
    copyright Robert M. Slade, 1998   BKMNLASC.RVW   980804
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