“The Multnomah County Library, with its mission to be a haven for everyone, for years has resisted following other urban libraries in ramping up security. But when windows at downtown Portland’s Central Library are broken twice in a single week, something has to change. That’s the story Central Library director Dave Ratliff told this week, when he asked the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners for permission to hire a safety and security manager for the library system. The new hire will help develop a set of security policies and procedures for all 19 library branches. Ratliff said the manager will focus on “preventing things from happening, rather than just responding after the fact.” (via OregonLive.com)
AP – “The King County Library System is removing security cameras from its libraries, worried that supplying security video to law-enforcement agencies could compromise patron privacy.
“We decided the cameras were not serving a purpose and were a point of contention with law enforcement,” said Bill Ptacek, who as director of the county library system has the final say. “We don’t want to be in an adversarial relationship. We believe intellectual freedom is the important part, so we got out of the camera business.”