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British Library, London
Our Written Heritage in Peril, a conference organised by the British Library and the Institute of Art and Law took place on 26 June 2015. It had a special focus on legal aspects of the return of stolen books across borders. While not organised by CERL, the conference heard papers from five CERL member institutions and a future role for CERL in connection with ILAB’s database of stolen books was discussed. The papers and the discussion can be heard in the four podcasts listed below.

https://soundcloud.com/the-british-library/podcast-written-heritage-of-mankind-in-peril-part-1 https://soundcloud.com/the-british-library/podcast-written-heritage-of-mankind-in-peril-part-2 https://soundcloud.com/the-british-library/podcast-written-heritage-of-mankind-in-peril-3 https://soundcloud.com/the-british-library/podcast-written-heritage-of-mankind-in-peril-part-4

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome
The title of the first conference of the CERL Security Network was Library Security: Practices and Strategies and took place on 8 May 2015, at the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome. The programme was divided into four sessions covering Accountability and Governance, Staff interaction with collections, Digital tools for prevention and detection, and The process of recovery. How do we interact with the investigating and legal authority? The full programme is available here.

PowerPoint presentations:
Per Culhed, Uppsala Universitetsbiblioteket, A simple but efficient technique for audits of book collections.
Kristian Jensen, British Library, London, Collection Security Governance in the British Library.

Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague
The 4th LIBER Collection Security Conference took place on Friday 23 November 2012. The programme and powerpoint presentations are available here.

British Library, London
Papers and presentations held at the 3rd LIBER Collection Security Conference (2008) are available on the BL website. Perhaps more interestingly here is a link to a Report on International Roundtable Meeting on Collection Security held at the British Library written by Andy Stephens and Helen Shenton, published in Liber Quarterly Volume 18 Issue 2 2008. Finally, all articles from this special issue of LIBER Quarterly are available here.



Artificial DNA marking

In 2015, ARIS sponsored the “Global Centre of Innovation for the i2M Standards” at the University of NY in Albany to develop standards and a product for object marking with artificial DNA and a high security data management system. This specific model of implementation is not directly relevant for libraries as it relies on placing physical carriers of DNA on each item, and as it aims to track the movement of objects through the trade, which requires a complex centrally administered database. However it shows that the technology is moving towards implementation. Two links with further information:

Recording distinguishing features of a collection

Security guidelines and recommendations

Making missing or stolen books known

News about thefts

The Copenhagen Principles

A conference on Library security management was held under the auspices of LIBER in the Royal Library, Copenhagen, in May 2002, which formulated and endorsed The Copenhagen Principles (14 May 2002 / see below).


Principle 1

The representatives of the national and research libraries present (hereafter called the representatives) agree to establish a new security network for trans-national co-operation between libraries in order to prevent and combat criminal offences against significant library collections.

Principle 2

The representatives accept that each national or research library is responsible for setting up its own security policies and security systems, but they endorse their commitment to co-operation as part of a wider security network.

Principle 3

The representatives agree to inform and assist one another in a secure network when a library is subject to potential or actual criminal attacks against its collections.

Principle 4

The representatives agree to commit themselves to defining and developing a common ethical code of practice on security information handled and exchanged among libraries.

Principle 5

The network will co-operate with the police at an international level.

Principle 6

The representatives agree to nominate a designated member of staff as the library contact for the network.

Principle 7

The designated staff (security managers) will share experiences on security issues and best practice with one another.

Principle 8

Information about security issues is confidential to the security network.

Principle 9

The representatives encourage LIBER to establish co-operation on security issues with the book trade and with other memory institutions.

Unanimously endorsed by the delegates at the LIBER Conference on Library Security Management, Copenhagen, 12-14 May 2002. Copenhagen, 14 May 2002

Erland Kolding Nielsen

Esko Häkli

Ann Matheson

Conference Chairmen


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