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Security

The Alliance has compiled this set of security resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.

Alliance Resources

Suggested Guidelines for Museum Security

The Museum, Library, and Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International and the Museum Security Committee of the Alliance share Suggested Practices for Museum Security. This resource addresses fire protection, burglar alarms, key control, access control, security staffing and training, security officer qualifications, and pre-employment screening for museum employees (PDF, 52 pages).

Suggested Practices for Museum Exhibit Case Construction and Alarming Design

The Museum, Library, and Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International and the Museum Security Committee of the Alliance present Suggested Practices for Museum Exhibit Case Construction and Alarming Design. The resources is intended to guide museum staff, exhibit case designers, and fabricators in the construction and security of new museum exhibit cases and rehabilitation of existing exhibit cases. It also includes information on case materials and alarm systems (PDF, 16 pages).

Suggested Practices for Museum Collections Space Security

American Alliance of Museums’ Security Committee; Museum, Library and Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International share a document meant to supplement Suggested Practices for Museum Security. This document provides guidance on risk mitigation and addresses risk levels, collections access (including card readers and electronic access), object movement and relocation, incoming loans, disaster management and physical security measures (alarms, keys, locks and systems).


Other Resources

ACRL/RBMS Guidelines Regarding Security and Theft in Special Collections

The Association of College & Research Libraries shares their standards on security measures and procedures for responding to thefts.

Active Shooter Preparedness

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security shares resources and research on active shooters, which includes a 4-minute training video for staff, Options for Consideration, that illustrates the immediate actions to take if there is an active shooter is in the vicinity.

Articles and Downloads

The Architect’s Security Group offers more than three dozen articles (PDFs) on different aspects of museum security, including access control, construction and architects, securing historic buildings, collections storage and transport, hiring security consultants, and security management and training.

Commercial Facilities Sector Training and Resources

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed a Threat Recognition training tool designed for retail and shopping center staff, but applicable to general museum visitor services. The online training provides information to help staff, management, and security identify and report unusual activities and threats in a timely manner. What’s in Store: Ordinary People Extraordinary Events is a 9-minute video which highlights indicators of suspicious activities in public areas.

Proprietary, Contract, and Hybrid: Benchmark Study of Museum Security Staffing Approaches

The Smithsonian Institution shares its 2014 benchmarking study regarding security in cultural institutions. The Office of Policy and Analysis surveyed and interviewed over 60 museums about a number of topics related to security including: security staffing organizations (contract, proprietary, hybrid), armed vs. unarmed officers, training requirements, pay, other costs and future challenges – to name a few. (PDF)

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