May 25, 2018

Suspects but No Answers in Rare Book Theft at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library

Investigators from the Allegheny County, PA, District Attorney’s Office continue to remain silent on the theft of 314 rare books, folios, maps, and other items from the rare materials room at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, although one official there confirmed that “suspect(s) have been identified.”

Guns in the Library | Safety & Security

Gun violence has recently impacted public spaces such as concerts, schools, churches—and libraries. In this environment, many library leaders are taking new steps to keep their staff and patrons safe.

Active Shooter Policies in Libraries | ALA Annual 2016

“How many of you would be prepared to handle an active shooter in your library? How many of you have an active shooter policy?” Few hands were raised when BreAnne Meier from the North Dakota State Library asked these relevant questions at the Active Shooter Policies in Libraries Program at the American Library Association (ALA)’s recent Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Meier described active shooter situations as ones where someone is actively engaged in killing, has access to a confined area or population, and is sometimes motivated by revenge. As a result, she explained, these situations are unpredictable and can change quickly, often lasting for such a short time as ten to 15 minutes.

UPDATE: BPL’s Lost Artwork Recovered Following Ryan’s Resignation

Two valuable works of art were thought to have disappeared from the print collection at Boston Public Library’s (BPL) flagship Copley Square central branch. The pieces—a Rembrandt etching, “Self Portrait with Plumed Cap and Lowered Sabre,” and a 1504 Albrecht Dürer engraving, titled “Adam and Eve”—were reported missing by then-BPL president Amy Ryan on April 15, triggering a police investigation and prompting BPL officials to take stock of internal security and collection management practices. Ryan resigned on June 3, in the wake of the resulting controversy. The following day, the missing items were located, misfiled within the print stacks. Jeffrey Rudman, chairman of the BPL board of trustees, resigned June 11. Both Ryan’s and Rudman’s resignations will be effective July 3.

U. Toronto To Tighten Library Security

The University of Toronto library system is beefing up security in the wake of recent alleged sexual assaults in the Robarts library. The measures include more powerful radios for security guards and some desk staff, so they don’t have to search for signal, and more CCTV camera, especially in the stacks. One change that would […]