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Re: [BKARTS] Throwing the book at library criminals



Funny - I have yet to see a code of conduct that would censure
librarians for hostile and arrogant behavior, or for overtly
discriminatory acts based on race, gender, class or perceived
linguistic "inferiority," any of which I witness about once a week on
average...

Paul T Werner, New York
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WOID: A journal of visual language

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Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2005 11:16 am
Subject: Throwing the book at library criminals

> Throwing the book at library criminals
>
> By MARK SKELSEY and KATE MURRAY
>
> March 10, 2005
>
> ONE of Sydney's busiest libraries has been hit by a spate of criminal
> incidents, including a sexual assault, rising verbal abuse of
> staff and
> thefts.
>
>
>
> Willoughby Council has introduced a "code of conduct" to help
> control unruly
> patrons at its Chatswood library.
>
>
> A report to the council on Monday night said anti-social behaviour
> was on
> the rise.
>
>
> "The anti-social behaviour includes threatening staff members,
> intimidatingstaff, swearing at staff and library patrons and
> disruptive behaviour which
> prevents patrons from being able to use the library in comfort,"
> the report
> said.
>
>
> "There have also been occurrences of criminal behaviour,
> principally theft
> of laptops, handbags and shopping. There have, however, been
> additionalunusual criminal activities.
>
>
> "There have been two occurrences of sex-related crime, one a
> sexual assault
> and one sexually offensive behaviour/voyeurism."
>
>
> The new rules will allow council to suspend patrons for up to one
> year.Patrons who ignore this exclusion order and enter the library
> can be fined
> $220.
>
>
> Willoughby general manager John Owen yesterday said more than
> 850,000 people
> visited the library each year.
>
>
> He said problems hade been caused by a "small minority".
>
>
> The sexual assault in August last year involved a young man who
> displayedhis penis to a volunteer library worker, then rubbed it
> against her body, Mr
> Owen said.
>
>
> Mr Owen said the council was disappointed the man had a charge
> against him
> dismissed.
>
>
> In another incident, youths screwed a hole in a wall to look into
> the girls'
> toilet, but escaped with a police caution.
>
>
> There are about 40 full-time staff working in the library, as well as
> several volunteers.
>
>
> Library manager Frances Sims said there were about a dozen
> incidents a year
> in which librarians were abused by customers.
>
>
> She said an elderly volunteer had been "shocked" by the flashing
> incidentwhile the peephole in the toilets was discovered by
> another staff member
> doing a regular patrol of the library.
>
>
> "We have regular patrols during after-school time, in which we
> look in nooks
> and crannies, and we found the youth there looking through the
> hole," she
> said.
>
>
> The "code of conduct" will ban disruptive behaviour, selling
> things, theft,
> loitering and intimidation and harassment of any person on the
> premises.
>
> Librarian Margaret Gaunt, who has been working at Chatswood for
> more than 20
> years, said she had never been abused by a customer.
>
>
> "It's not an every day occurrence, I've worked here for a long
> time and it's
> quite random," she said.
>
>
> "We will often get a difficult customer but staff are well-trained
> and we
> try to deal with people."
>
> http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/
>
>
>
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