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Three years ago the library went on card access only from
5 PM until 6 AM Monday through Friday and from 5 PM Friday
until 6 AM Monday.  The impetus that made it happen was
not loss of books but my VP discovered that several evening
and night shift employees were hiding out in the library and
making many phone calls.  The need for the CD-ROM computer
to be available 24 hours a day appeared to be only a
supporting argument.
     Card access (computer print out of who entered is
available to me upon request) has worked well after an
initial outcry.  Card access is automatically given to all
doctors on active staff, all pharmacists, all nurse managers
nursing supervisors and clinical nurse specialists.  Fortunately
I talked to the VP/Nursing beforehand and she approved.  Staff
nurses were a bit upset but told if they needed card access they
could ask for it.  For those who do ask I fill out a brief form
and send it to Security after I explain to the requestor that there
will be a computer record of any entry.
     Almost no books have disappeared but strangely enough journal
loss (never a significant problem, but annoying) has remained the
same.  Only once has there been a need to get a print out of who
was in the library the night before (a broken printer).  I merely
sent a note to that person telling them who could help them if this
problem occurs again.  Library did not pay for the system but since
other areas of hospital have similar and ceiling wiring was already
in place, I seem to remember cost was about $500.