I was lucky enough to attended this workshop on archives security, sponsored by the New York State Archives. The presenter was Mimi Bowling and it was an excellent program. The handout is also great and includes samples of suggested forms and a selected bibliography. “True stories” of thefts added a lot to the day.
Topics covered included hiring practices, security systems, researcher room layout, researcher registration and paperwork in general. It is going to take a while to determine which of the solutions offered might be workable for our small archives. I don’t envision getting the funding necessary to install laser beam motion detectors and round the clock video cameras.
It’s not my personal style to make people jump through too many hoops to get to the materials they need. Too many years as a public librarian, I guess. But I think finding ways to have a tighter control are needed.
I’ll try to keep you up to date on the procedures we put in place, but in the mean time, if you get an opportunity to attend this workshop, I can recommend it highly.