Most library people think you need to hire an expensive security consultant to conduct a site security assessment of their facilities. While it’s true security professionals do have a certain expertise, it often helps to consider the in-house experience and knowledge of the facility that the library leaders and employees can bring to the assessment process.
It is possible to use the same techniques, questions, and assessment instruments as a security professional for your library. You can ask and answer the various questions about critical facility security components for your library, including: access control; visitor and vendor management; cameras; alarms; interior and exterior lighting, IT protections and controls; perimeter protections; and emergency evacuations.
This webinar helps library professionals to create a report that provides an overview for themselves and other library safety and security stakeholders: city or county attorneys, elected officials, law enforcement officers, insurance representatives, and risk managers, IT directors, and facilities directors.
The goal of the session is to help library professionals - who know their facilities better than any security consultant could ever - to perform a thorough assessment, write a draft report for feedback, and then create a finished report that can be used as a reasonable template for security improvements, policy changes, and training suggestions.
Creating Your Library Facility Security Report: A Step-By-Step Guide
As a trainer, speaker, author, and consultant, Dr. Steve Albrecht is internationally known for his expertise in high-risk HR issues. He specializes in workplace and school violence awareness and crisis response programs for private-sector firms, municipal and state government, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities.
In 1994, Dr. Albrecht co-wrote Ticking Bombs: Defusing Violence in the Workplace, one of the first business books on workplace violence. Besides his work as a conference presenter and keynote speaker, he appears in the media and on the Internet, as a source on workplace violence, security, and crime. His 21 business and police books include Library Security; Tough Training Topics; Added Value Negotiating; Service, Service, Service!; and Fear and Violence on the Job.
He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration (D.B.A.), an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, and threat assessment.