Robert Balliot ,MLIS:

This post is about physical security, but still relevant . . .

Originally posted on Best of Publib - Public Library Discussion and Publib Listserve Analysis:

Surviving Workplace Violence


On December 13th Library Director Susan Pieperwith the Paulding County Library in Ohio offered this timely post on Publib:

I shared this short video with my staff during a staff meeting this fall.
Homeland Security released it and in light of the recent tragic shootings,
I think every library staff and every citizen should watch it.:


The video was produced with a Department of Homeland Security Grant by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. It includes three key concepts ~

RUN – When an active shooter is in your vicinity:

  • If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Help others escape if possible.
  • Prevent others from entering the area.
  • Call 911 when you are safe.

HIDE – When Escape is not possible:

  • Lock and / or blockade the door.
  • Silence your cell phone.
  • Hide behind…

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The ‘Official’ Sec4Lib Listserve


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Reposted from Web4 Lib according to Erin Germ ~

With the help of Eric Lease Morgan, an official *listserv has been created. Blake Carver, Eric, and (Erin Germ) will be managing the listserv to start.

List address:

List archives web page

To join the SEC4LIB listserv please visit the above URL.

If you have already joined the SEC4LIB Google Group, I will be importing those members into the SEC4LIB listserv in a week or two. If you do not want your contact information imported into the SEC4LIB listserv, please remove yourself from the Google Group by Wednesday, May 16th.

~Erin Germ

* Editors note: LISTSERV is actually the name of a former freeware product that is available for purchase from L-Soft . The term LISTSERV is being used here to generically indicate a discussion group, not necessarily the deployment of a LISTSERV product from L-Soft to facilitate discussion.

Security4Lib and Blake Carver’s List


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I jumped the gun and set up a this  site yesterday at:

I didn’t realize that Blake Carver with  already had a sophisticated site and a list with a very similar name up a running.  I am reposting his info here to help advertise his site:

On Thu, May 3, 2012 at 8:43 PM, Blake Carver <> wrote:
Oh! Glad to see so much interest, this has been a big topic for me lately.
I have a new(ish) site and list running at
The list is here:
I set that site up a few months ago, but never had time to finish
things up, so if anyone is interested in contributing to the site or
the wiki or anything else let me know.
I’ve been writing and presenting on IT Security for Libraries for a
while now, you can find my writings and slides on LISNews:
 -Blake Carver

I will be leaving this WordPress site up as a place for contributors who want to publish their thoughts and research on library infosec.  I have a few papers that I have written that I will be sharing soon once I finish out this semester.

Security for Libraries


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Information Security

Information Security Procedures

Purpose: A SEC4LIB discussion group to discuss and investigate existing security features and shortcomings of library services and applications including:

  • documenting and pen-testing library applications and services
  • bringing attention to the security aspect of library software and services
  • information applicable to library information services professionals on general aspects of library security

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