Submitted by birdie on December 28, 2011 - 8:24pm
Strange but true...librarian convicted for major theft in one state, Massachusetts, will return to his more recent position in another, New Hampshire after his sentence has been served.
Robert Rice Jr., 46, was sentenced yesterday to six months behind bars for stealing more than $200,000 when he was the director of Revere Public Library.
Rice was sentenced in Superior Court in Boston on 18 felony charges for taking money from 2005 to 2009, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.
Rice pleaded guilty to fraud and embezzlement charges as part of a plea bargain. He bought numerous items under the pretense they were for the Revere library, but then kept or sold them.
Shortly after resigning in 2009 while under fire in Revere, Rice took the position in Pelham.
Francis Garboski, chairman of the Pelham Library trustees, said yesterday Rice's job is still safe.
"His position will be held until he gets back," Garboski said. "The decision is up to him when he wants to come back."
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on December 15, 2011 - 4:01pm
Library Director David Farrar has resigned
East Baton Rouge Parish library director David Farrar resigned Thursday, saying in an email to library board members and staff that the “negative focus on the library system over the past several days has made the work of the library a difficult task.”
His tenure came to an end amid revelations of a 15-year-old case in Alabama in which he was accused of sexual abuse and impersonating a peace officer.
Submitted by Blake on December 15, 2011 - 10:34am
Former Saugus library employee accused of stealing $800K
A Saugus secretary was booked today by the FBI on charges she stole $800,000 from her town’s public library — half of which, investigators allege, she tricked General Electric’s charitable foundation into donating — and blew the money on jewelry and car and mortage payments
Submitted by Bibliofuture on December 14, 2011 - 12:25am
For-profit book recycler behind popular donation program sells many of the books received.
Full story at Marketplace.org
Excerpt from story: The bins worry Cady because he helps run Prescott Library's used bookshop. It raises thousands of dollars for library programs by selling donated books. Like many Friends of Library groups around the country, Cady worries the bins are siphoning off donations that normally would come to them.
Submitted by StephenK on December 13, 2011 - 4:07pm
Mark Gillespie of The Plain Dealer
writes that libraries across Cuyahoga County are turning to collection firms to recover materials
as that is claimed to impact budgets more than outright theft of materials.
To put the location in context, Cuyahoga County is home to the Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library which rank among the largest public library systems in the US. The corporate offices of Overdrive are located in the service territory of Cuyahoga County Public Library. A report by the Ohio Department of Development is available as a PDF file [CAUTION: Direct link to PDF]
that speaks more to the socio-economic background of the community.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on December 10, 2011 - 3:34pm
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Cumming man has been sentenced to serve one year behind bars for peeping over women's bathroom stalls at the Suwanee public library.
Last month, a Gwinnett jury ruled 67-year-old Bernard Lindsey peeped on a female library patron over bathroom stalls in October 2009. Lindsey's attorney argued the library regular had wandered into the women's facilities on accident and peeked over the stall only when he heard a woman in the room.
More at link:
Submitted by birdie on October 11, 2011 - 2:26pm
As crimes go it was not the most heinous of offences, but Islington council's principal law clerk, Sidney Porrett, made it his mission to nab the perpetrators.
"I had to catch these two monkeys," he said. "They were a couple of darlings, make no mistake."
The darlings in question were the playwright Joe Orton and his boyfriend – later murderer – Kenneth Halliwell, and the crimes were taking library books and returning them with comedy collages on the dustjackets.
After a fruitless investigation that involved undercover librarians, Porrett eventually caught the pair in an elaborate sting operation and they went to jail for six months each.
From Friday, the story of their crimes will be retold by the council, which is putting on display 40 of the 72 dustjackets that the pair defaced.
Islington's local history manager, Mark Aston, said it was the first time the jackets – "they're of international interest I'd say" – had gone on show in this number in the same place, and they shined a light on two fascinating lives and characters. More on Orton's short but dramatic life here.
Piece from Guardian UK.
Submitted by birdie on September 30, 2011 - 1:15pm
A serial thief who repeatedly stole books from the New York Public Library and sold them to unwitting downtown stores was busted after a furious shopkeeper laid a trap for him, The New York Post has learned.
Andrew Hansen -- who is banned from the library -- saw his criminal career come to a thrilling end in the East Village Monday night as he tried to off-load a batch of ill-gotten goods.
Donald Davis, owner of East Village Books at 99 St. Marks Place, said he had been fooled by Hansen, 27, before and was prepared this time around.
“He walks in. I had gone to dinner. My friend was watching the store for me, [and] he called me on my cellphone,” Davis recalled yesterday. “We had a code set up so that he would say, ‘Where’s my delivery?’ Then I knew the guy was there.”
When he got back to his shop, Davis confronted Hansen, who has a lengthy rap sheet.
“He would tear all the labels off of them so it would look like they were not from the library, [but] there were remnants of the stickers that used to be on the books,” said Davis, adding that the books were mostly graphic novels that go for up to $40 each.
“He starts to move to the door. He wants to get out, and he’s trying to leave. I said, ‘You’re not going anywhere. The police are on their way!’ ” Davis recalled.
Submitted by Blake on August 30, 2011 - 12:08pm
Submitted by birdie on August 9, 2011 - 3:51pm
An employee of the Mark Twain House and Museum in West Hartford, Conn., has admitted in court to embezzling $1 million from the organization that maintains the author's historic home. The Mark Twain House, like the homes of some of America's other best-known writers, has faced financial difficulties. Most, however, were not systematically plundered. Report from LA Times Jacket Copy.
Longtime (and now former) staffer Donna Gregory regularly raided the organization's coffers for eight years; she pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return, Reuters reports.
According to court documents, Gregory submitted false information over the Internet to the Mark Twain House payroll vendor between 2002 and 2010. The misinformation allowed additional pay to which she was not entitled to be deposited into her bank account, classified as payroll advances.
She then adjusted the ledgers to cover up the advances by reclassifying the amounts as utilities, maintenance and similar items. She also falsified the Mark Twain House's bank statements to hide the advances, authorities said. Gregory used the Mark Twain House's check-writing system to write checks payable to herself and forged her supervisor's signatures on those checks, authorities said.
Submitted by Blake on August 2, 2011 - 1:31pm
IT Security In Libraries
8. Social Media Security
7. Practical IT Security
6. Integrating IT Security In Your Library
5. 20 Common Security Myths
4. How To Stay Safe Online
1. IT Security Foundations
Today's post is long on theory. I'll argue that most any library can be a target, and present some ideas on how to make things more secure in your library.
My first post will cover privacy, because I think it's closely related to security, and it's something we as librarians take seriously. Then I'll cover a bunch of ways to stay safe online, how to secure your browser, PC and other things you and your patrons use every day. I'll also cover some common security myths. Then we'll talk passwords: everything has a password now, and I want to make sure we all understand what it takes to make your password as secure as possible. Then we'll talk network security for a bit, followed by hardware and PC security. Then I'll focus on security issues that you'll find in your library. And last, but not least, some things I think you'll find interesting that sysadmins do with servers to make things safer for you, and that you'll never see as an end user.
One way to begin thinking about security for your library is by asking yourself few questions:
What do you have to lose?
What does your library & patrons have to lose?
What are the bad guys after?
Coming up with even a few quick answers to these questions can be helpful, I think, because it's important to remember we all have something to lose, and that we all have a part to play in keeping ourselves and our libraries safe.
It's also important to know that, ultimately, there is no such thing as a secure computer. Nothing we do can make things 100% safe. We can just make things safer than they were before. All of the security work we do is about reducing risk. It's about knowing what we're up against. We want to reduce the possible frequency of loss (by securing things as much as possible, given our resources) AND we want to reduce the potential magnitude of loss (by limiting what can be lost as much as possible).
To help set the stage for success we should keep in mind 2 things. "Any lock can be picked", and people are the weakest link in security chain. First, people:
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 25, 2011 - 1:41am
Submitted by Blake on July 22, 2011 - 11:05am
19,000 papers leaked to protest 'war against knowledge'
A critic of academic publishers has uploaded 19,000 scientific papers to the internet to protest the prosecution of a prominent programmer and activist accused of hacking into a college computer system and downloading almost 5 million scholarly documents from an archive service.
The 18,592 documents made available Wednesday through Bittorrent were pulled from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, a prestigious scientific journal that was founded in the 1600s, the protester said.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 19, 2011 - 3:36pm
Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and online political activist, was charged with stealing millions of documents from M.I.T. and JSTOR, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on July 16, 2011 - 12:41pm
Two members of the Pollard Memorial Library staff in Lowell, MA, are being investigated by city officials for expressing their frustrations with a coworker. During an IM chat, they discussed, apparently in jest, covering for each other if the coworker was found dead.
This is the latest story in a series of incidents at the Pollard Library regarding safety issues or staff conflicts.
Submitted by Blake on June 29, 2011 - 7:26am
Police Bust College Textbook Theft Ring
An employee at an off-campus bookstore discovered a theft ring that used doctored textbooks to make quick cash from the Georgia Gwinnett College library, police said.
Four people are accused of orchestrating the plan that involved taking books from the library and cashing them in at Dorks Textbooks in Lawrenceville.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 17, 2011 - 11:19am
How do you know you are doing something wrong?
When 35-year-old women are a problem for your industry. Seriously, does ANYONE really believe that this age-group are pirating ebooks because they ‘hate’ publishers or dislike copyright?
No, they are downloading ebooks from illegal sources because they can’t find legal ones, the prices at legal sites are well beyond what they think are fair or simply because they haven’t been reached by legitimate publishers.
Full story at Teleread
Submitted by birdie on April 29, 2011 - 6:24pm
From North Jersey News: The former director of the Haledon Free Public Library was arrested Friday on an official misconduct charge in connection with online purchases she allegedly paid with library funds.
Judith Erk, currently an assistant librarian at Manchester Regional High School in Haledon, is charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception in excess of $75,000. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in state prison. North Haledon Municipal Court Judge Harold Cook set Erk’s bail at $50,000. It could not be confirmed late Friday if she had posted bail and was free.
Authorities executed a search warrant of Erk’s home Friday morning, according to authorities, where evidence pertaining to the case was recovered. Items seized included electronics, kitchen appliances, jewelry and a faux fireplace.
Submitted by birdie on April 26, 2011 - 12:22pm
For a jar that contained less than $100.00 --
DAINGERFIELD, TX (KLTV) : An East Texas woman was robbed at gun point in the Daingerfield Public Library just after 9:00 am Monday morning. Police have arrested a a 19 year-old on an aggravated robbery charge.
The suspect entered the library shortly after it opened and requested to use a computer. Earlene Walton was working and agreed to sign him in and get him all situated, since he did not have a library card.
The suspect told Walton that he had forgotten something and left the building. When he returned, he pulled out a gun. Within minutes, the suspect had fled with a jar that friends of the library used to collect donations.
Submitted by birdie on April 7, 2011 - 1:47pm
Follow up to our story from mid-March, here...
Boston Herald reports: The former director of Revere’s public library has pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the city (however, he did admit in this article to being a 'shopaholic') .
Robert Rice Jr. was released without bail at his arraignment Wednesday on charges of larceny, fraud and embezzlement, but was ordered to surrender his passport.
Authorities say the 45-year-old Rowley resident used city money to buy items, which he either kept for himself or resold online. The items he allegedly bought with city funds included a replica of a Thompson submachine gun and a camera which prosecutors say he described on purchase orders as books.
The alleged thefts took place between 2005 and his resignation in January 2009.