New from ACRL: Guide to Security Considerations and Practices for Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collection Libraries

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/20/2011

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CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of the “Guide to Security Considerations and Practices for Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collection Libraries,” the first book to specifically address security of special collections in academic libraries. Compiled and edited by Everett C. Wilkie Jr., the work covers topics integral to the security process, including background checks, reading room and general building design, technical processing, characteristics and methods of thieves, materials recovery after a theft and security systems.

Featuring contributions from experts in rare materials and materials security in special collections, including ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) members Anne Marie Lane, Jeffrey Marshall, Alvan Bregman, Margaret Tenney, Elaine Shiner, Richard W. Oram, Ann Hartley, Susan M. Allen and Daniel J. Slive, “Guide to Security Considerations and Practices for Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Libraries” is supplemented by several appendices, one of which provides brief biographies of recent thieves and another of which publishes Allen’s important Blumberg Survey, a survey of libraries from which more than $20 million worth of rare books were stolen by the notorious book thief Stephen Blumberg. The text is supported by plentiful illustrations, a detailed index and an extensive bibliography.

The volume is an essential resource for all those concerned with special collection security, from library administrators to rare book librarians. And is also a useful addition to Information and Library Science School collections.

“Guide to Security Considerations and Practices for Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Libraries” is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store, Amazon.com and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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