Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security

Graham, Warren. The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 025.82 Graha ISBN 978-0-8389-1137-2

Sharing expertise gleaned from more than two decades as a library security manager, Graham demonstrates that libraries can maintain their best traditions of openness and public access by creating an unobtrusive yet effective security plan. In straightforward language, the author

  • Shows how to easily set clear expectations for visitors behavior
  • Presents guidelines for when and how to intervene when someone violates the code of conduct, including tips for approaching an unruly patron
  • Offers instruction on keeping persistent troublemakers under control or permanently barred from the library
  • Gives library staff tools for communicating effectively with its security professionals, including examples of basic documentation

The Black Belt Librarian arms librarians with the confidence and know-how they need to maintain a comfortable, productive, and safe environment for everyone in the library.