Can One Man Make a Difference?: An Analysis of the Effects of the Crimes of Gilbert Bland on Rare Book and Special Collection Security Measures and a Review of the Evolution of Recommended Security Guidelines.
In large part because of his methods—cutting maps out of rare books during open hours and under observation—infamous thief Gilbert Bland caused shockwaves in the academic library community in the 1990s and highlighted attention on the lack of comprehensive security measures in place in rare books and special collections repositories. Archivists and curators from the institutions targeted by Bland were interviewed to determine how much the Bland incidents affected the security measures in place. Interviews were also conducted with curators at institutions not targeted by Bland to determine if Bland’s crimes had an effect on the wider professional community. Additionally, a review of the professional literature was undertaken to evaluate the evolution of recommended security guidelines.
Advisor:Helen R. Tibbo
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:archives and libraries
bland gilbert joseph lee
Date of Publication:04/15/2005