“It was one of the most dramatic thefts ever to hit the rare-book world, the disappearance of thousands of volumes — including centuries-old editions of Aristotle, Descartes, Galileo and Machiavelli — from the Baroque-era Girolamini Library in Naples. Now, prosecutors at a trial here are trying to show how such a wholesale violation of Western cultural patrimony could have taken place.” (via NYTimes.com)
“A New York library worker who admitted stealing more than $160,000 in overdue book fines and other revenue has been sentenced to six months in jail. The Westchester district attorney’s office says Yonkers resident Margo Reed will have to pay back the full amount and spend 4 1/2 years on probation.
via Associated Press
Dayton Daily News – “A rise in thefts at Dayton-area libraries has prompted the public institutions to increase security to better protect inventory, especially audio-visual materials such as DVDs, CDs and video games.
Many libraries have noticed a spike in incidents since the recession began, and have spent tens of thousands of dollars on security equipment costs and the replacement of materials.
For example, the Washington-Centerville Public Library recently spent close to $25,000 on multiple security measures. Troy-Miami County Library contributed $10,000 toward its new $70,000 radio frequency identification system that prevents theft and streamlines circulation.”