Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Were the Safeguards in Book Thefts?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Were the Safeguards in Book Thefts?

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As I read about the horrific thefts from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the loss for our community and for future generations, I have to ask about those whose job it was and those who were appointed and accepted the responsibility to protect these irreplaceable assets. Where were they? What were their priorities?

The weekend article that accompanied the reports of the thefts (July 21, "Money Often Motivates Thieves to Purloin Books, Rare Maps, Prints") pointed out the pervasiveness of rare book and document thefts and detailed five such incidents. The dates of arrests and indictments of the perpetrators included 1984, 1990 and 2004.

The Carnegie Library thefts occurred between the late 1990s and 2016. Obviously, these incidences (and probably many more) must have been well publicized and discussed in the library community. …

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