“Police Respond to Thousands of Incidents at Connecticut Libraries”
From NBC Connecticut:
Connecticut librarians can find themselves on the front lines of a community’s biggest challenges. From mental illness and drug use to poverty and crime, the life of a librarian may not be as easy – or as safe – as some might think.
NBC Connecticut Investigates obtained records from police departments across the state which showed there were thousands of calls for service to local libraries over the last two years.
“It’s kind of psychological self-defense,” said Steve Albrecht, a former San Diego police officer and author on the topic of library security. He said dealing with problem patrons is a growing part of a library employee’s job.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.