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A Review of “The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security”

A Review of “The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security” Journal of Access Services, 10:244–248, 2013 Published with license by Taylor & Francis ISSN: 1536-7967 print / 1536-7975 online DOI: 10.1080/15367967.2013.826959 Reviews and Remarks Carol Goodson, Column Editor Graham, W. (2012). The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security. Chicago, IL: American Library Association. The title of this book, The Black Belt Librarian, may raise some readers’ eyebrows in that they might think that martial arts training be required to work in a library. However, author Warren Graham suggests that when confronted with unruly patrons, we should not be in a combative mode, but instead be calm and self-controlled. Graham states that the book is “a quick read [80 pages] to aid you as a daily reference and training guide.” It is written in no-nonsense, straightfor- ward language and includes humorous anecdotes from his 17 years as the security manager at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. In fact, the first chapter is filled with good and bad incidents that security officers have recently faced in American libraries. On a serious note, the author provides a dozen fundamentals that must be taken into consideration to have a truly effective and safe program. These ideas include http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Access Services Taylor & Francis

A Review of “The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security”

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 10 (4): 2 – Oct 1, 2013
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10.1080/15367967.2013.826959
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Journal of Access Services, 10:244–248, 2013 Published with license by Taylor & Francis ISSN: 1536-7967 print / 1536-7975 online DOI: 10.1080/15367967.2013.826959 Reviews and Remarks Carol Goodson, Column Editor Graham, W. (2012). The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security. Chicago, IL: American Library Association. The title of this book, The Black Belt Librarian, may raise some readers’ eyebrows in that they might think that martial arts training be required to work in a library. However, author Warren Graham suggests that when confronted with unruly patrons, we should not be in a combative mode, but instead be calm and self-controlled. Graham states that the book is “a quick read [80 pages] to aid you as a daily reference and training guide.” It is written in no-nonsense, straightfor- ward language and includes humorous anecdotes from his 17 years as the security manager at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. In fact, the first chapter is filled with good and bad incidents that security officers have recently faced in American libraries. On a serious note, the author provides a dozen fundamentals that must be taken into consideration to have a truly effective and safe program. These ideas include

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Published: Oct 1, 2013

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