October 27, 2021

California: “Santa Ana Closing Main Library For 2 Weeks For Renovation to Stem Patron Misbehavior”

From The Orange County Register:

Prompted by frequent complaints of misconduct in places in the periphery, Santa Ana Public Library’s main branch will be shut down on Friday for its first interior renovation in a quarter-century.

This closure, announced Monday evening and scheduled through Aug. 28, entails relocating seats to the center of the first floor and removing carrels that make it hard for library staff to keep watch over patrons.

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Since the start of the year, library staff have logged incidents including harassment, sexual misconduct and indecent exposure, loud and disruptive behavior, vandalism, alcohol and drug use and bathroom misuse. Staff recorded 366 incidents from January to June, with a low of 21 in January and a high of 88 in June.

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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.

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