Case Studies in Library Security

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Libraries Unlimited, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 252 pages
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This book employs a familiar vehicle in library literature--the case study--but in a departure from the expected, takes that time-honored genre into a new dimension. Shuman uses the conversational narrative as a vehicle for portraying 40 security and safety issues that may arise in libraries, disturbing or vexing patrons and library staff members, alike. Unlike the traditional narrative approach of other case study books, in this work, each case is presented as a soliloquy, within a fictional but plausible library situation, whereby the protagonist uses his or her own colorful mode of expression to describe not only what happened, but the thought processes that went into decisions reached, and how he or she felt about it afterwards. This approach is designed to make reading about library security not just informative but also interesting and fun to read. The case studies are accompanied by discussion questions.


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Page xxiv - Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?
Page xv - ... calls, and exposing himself to female staff members. The victim had complained to police a week earlier that the man had been harassing her, but the police pointed out that, unless an actual crime has been committed, they could do nothing.
Page xxiii - The library is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.
Page xv - A 16-year-old youth from a nearby town is arrested and charged with armed robbery, murder, and felony murder. His motive, he explains, was the desire to possess the staff member's expensive jewelry. • A patron suddenly draws a firearm and shoots and kills two reference librarians in a branch public library.
Page xv - An alert off-duty deputy, who manages to sneak in among the hostages, subsequently shoots and kills the gunman. Luckily, no hostages are hurt despite a tense five-and-a-half-hour standoff, but the bomb found on the dead man's person proves to have been "live" and big enough to have, if detonated, blown up most of the building.

About the author (2002)

BRUCE A. SHUMAN is Adjunct Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Texas Woman's University, Denton.

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