The need to provide access to collections and the information held within is at the core of preservation activities; however, sometimes preservation and access are at odds with one another when collection items are at a security risk. Providing access while balancing the safety and security of collections is a daily challenge and one that changes depending on the situation. Security is relevant in a variety of day-to-day functions and needs within a library, archive, or museum and should be a consideration for reading room policies, shelving and collections care procedures, exhibit practices, and moving and transportation guidelines. Libraries balance responsibilities for special collections security and theft prevention by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, ensuring researcher confidentiality. This program will provide insight on how other institutions handle the balance of access and security and discuss best practices and procedures.
What do we mean by Security? Questioning Assumptions at Ohio University
Miriam Nelson, Head of Preservation and digital Initiatives, Ohio University
Stacey Lavender, Special Collections Librarian, Ohio University
Miriam Intrator, Special Collections Librarian, Ohio University
Moira Fitzgerald, Head of Access Services, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.