January 23, 2022

Public Libraries: "Decision to Arm Library Guards in Gilbert [AZ] Sparks Debate"

From the Arizona Republic:

The question of whether libraries need armed security guards has caused a furor in Gilbert.

The controversy began after the Maricopa County Library District, which operates Gilbert’s two libraries, reinstated security guards last month at the Southeast Regional Library.

The decision to reinstate and arm the security guards followed complaints by staffers who were confronting rising incidents of theft and increasingly hostile encounters with irate patrons over late fees and other issues.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.