Magazine article Security Management

Museums, Libraries Get Updated Resources

Magazine article Security Management

Museums, Libraries Get Updated Resources

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Cultural institutions on both sides of the Atlantic will soon find it easier to decide what security measures are appropriate, thanks to new guidance coming out from two oversight bodies.

In the United States, the ASIS Museum, Library, and Cultural Properties Council is rolling out much-anticipated additions to its seminal Suggested Guidelines in Museum Security. Perhaps the most anticipated addition is a set of guidelines for exhibition security, says Council Chairman Andrew H. Turk, CPP.

"From precious gems to Old World pieces of artwork to baseball cards, each show has different requirements," says Turk. "There needs to be some sort of guidelines for people to follow."

Suggestions offered for exhibitions cover the construction of display cases, locking devices, and systems integration, among many others, he says.

The guidelines will also include addenda on package inspection, collection and storage room security, and the use of a facility's cabling architecture for electronic security.

In the United Kingdom, updated security guidance is being offered to institutions from the Council for Museums, Archives, and Libraries (a nondepartmental public body sponsored by the U. …

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