Controlling hospital library theft

Theresa M Cuddy, Catherine Marchok
2003 Journal of the Medical Library Association  
At Capital Health System/Fuld Campus (formerly Helene Fuld Medical Center), the Health Sciences Library lost many books and videocassettes. These materials were listed in the catalog but were missing when staff went to the shelves. The hospital had experienced a downsizing of staff, a reorganization, and a merger. When the library staff did an inventory, $10,000 worth of materials were found to be missing. We corrected the situation through a series of steps that we believe will help other
more » ... ries control their theft. Through regularly scheduling inventories, monitoring items, advertising, and using specific security measures, we have successfully controlled the library theft. The January 2002 inventory resulted in meeting our goal of zero missing books and videocassettes. We work to maintain that goal.
doi:10.1043/0025-7338(2003)091<0241:chlt>2.0.co;2 pmid:12883573 pmcid:PMC153165 fatcat:br4ylo5l45foxb4ep43a4wcfoq