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Collection security in Natal libraries

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dc.contributor.advisor Vermeulen, W.M.
dc.contributor.author Serfontein, Theodoris Erens
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-25T11:43:34Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-25T11:43:34Z
dc.date.issued 1995
dc.identifier.other 251376
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/287
dc.description Submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of M.Bibl in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand, 1995. en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a collection security problem in South African libraries, with specific reference to Natal, to determine the extent of the problem, to find out why these problems exist, and to see if the countermeasures applied by the Natal libraries were effective-Data collection was done by means of a literature study, three empirical surveys, and a sample stocktaking exercise at the four libraries included in this project, to determine their loss rate. The results show that theft/loss and mutilation of library materials are problems of considerable magnitude, locally and internationally. (In 1991 it was estimated that in the United Kingdom library materials to the value of ± £100 million were lost) - The stocktake completed at three of the four Natal libraries included in this study <The University of Natal, Durban's was incomplete) revealed that the combined, average loss rate was 15.5*/. (with a monetary value of Rl,6^8,710.00) which was above the accepted norm of E5.-105i. The Durban Municipal Library had the lowest rate ) followed by the University of Durban-Westvil le (11%), and the University of Zululand (23K). The two university libraries, where it was possible to complete the sample stocktake (i.e. the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Zululand>, used the 3M electronic security system and the Durban Municipal Library the Checkpoint system. The main reasons for theft varied from, not having enough funds, and being selfish, to the book was not available in the bookshop and the user thought s/he would not get caught. The reasons for mutilation varied from, the user was not aware of the cost of replacing mutilated material, being selfish and to prevent others from getting the same information. It was also found that the photocopy services needed to be upgraded to prevent frustrated users from stealing or mutilating library materials, of the 343 respondents who participated in the survey conducted at the four libraries included in this study were inconvenienced by mutilation. The reasons for theft and mutilation by users in the Natal libraries coincided with those of the international world as found in the literature survey. Security or countermeasures are not effective and must be improved, i.e. the librarians must change their attitude towards library crimes, facilitate user access, implement a regular stocktaking programme, educate the library users, and publicise acts of theft and mutilation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Libraries--Security measures en_US
dc.subject Book thefts en_US
dc.subject Books--Mutilation, defacement, etc en_US
dc.subject Libraries--Inventories en_US
dc.title Collection security in Natal libraries en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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