Hi Sharon,

I am also a small one person library. I do an introduction to the library
during new employee orientation and I tell them that if they need access to
the library during hours when I am not there to call and I will make an
appointment to be here. I have no problem with that. For a year I had an
open door policy, but when I discovered several very expensive books missing
I had to lock my doors. If I come in during off hours, then I just adjust my
daytime hours. I get here very early in the morning and most late night
workers can come in after their shift to work in the library. Sometimes, I
get here at 7AM and find several people waiting.


Sue Ben-Dor, Medical Librarian
Horton Medical Center
60 Prospect Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
845-342-7651     Fax - 845-342-7650
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>Date:    Mon, 19 Mar 2001 10:51:13 -0500
>From:    Sharon Hrabina <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: After hours access to library
>I searched the archives for this question and there was a discussion a few
>years back but I'd like some more information.  This is a small one person
>library in a 190 bed hospital.  The library is very busy but I of course
>have no coverage late at night.
>Many of the night shift nurses would like to use the library for research,
>continuing education and one of our computers contains the hospital
>education system which is required.  This of course is not the only
>computer containing the system but so many people like to use it because
>it's quiet.
>Our head of security does not feel comfortable leaving people in because
>there has been theft of books and journals.  At this time there are no
>security cameras etc...  I of course don't want to make anybody feel that
>the library is only for the day and evening shift people.   The staff and
>physicians often say they feel fortunate having a good library and full
>time librarian in a hospital this size so I don't want to get anybody angry
>by disallowing anybody in the library.
>If there is anybody in a similar situation I would like to hear what you
>are doing to allow the staff in when they need to use the library but keep
>the loss of materials down.
>Thank you
>Sharon Hrabina
>Pocono Medical Center
>East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
>570-476-3515  Telephone
>570-476-3472   Fax
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