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May 2014 Programming Event: Book 'Em: Insider Theft from Libraries and Archives

  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY; Harren Hall, Room 630; 899 10th Avenue; New York, NY 10019


  • For all CUNY students, staff, and faculty with a valid CUNY ID. Use registration code "CUNY". Please present authorized I.D. at the registration desk in order to be granted free admission.
  • For A.R.T. members.
  • For non-members.
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May 2014 Programming Event,
co-sponsored by the John Jay Department of Art and Music, the Lloyd Sealy Library at John Jay College, and the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.):

Book 'Em: Insider Theft from Libraries and Archives

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Reception
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Program


John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Harren Hall, Room 630
899 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(Enter with photo ID at 59th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Insider theft is a particularly difficult problem for libraries and archives. Employees who passed background checks when hired might have concealed collecting obsessions or might develop a gambling or substance abuse habit. Once motivated to steal, they know their institution’s security system – and its loopholes. And it can take years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars of irrecoverable losses, before insider thieves are caught. Our speakers will discuss their experiences discovering and investigating insider thefts from governmental, university, and private libraries and archives. They will analyze the security measures that failed in these situations and describe subsequent policy and technological changes designed to prevent further insider theft within a limited security budget.


Jennifer Comins, Archivist for the Carnegie Collections in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University

Travis McDade, Curator of Law Rare Books and Associate Professor of Library Service, University of Illinois College of Law and author of Thieves of Book Row: New York’s Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Ended It

Larry Sullivan, Associate Dean and Chief Librarian, John Jay College and former Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress and former Library Director of the New-York Historical Society

Jeanne Willoz-Egnor, Director of Collections Management, Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia

A.R.T. would like to thank the John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Department of Art and Music and Lloyd Sealy Library for graciously co-sponsoring this program.  Thanks especially to Erin Thompson, Professor of Art Crime in John Jay's Department of Art and Music, for initiating and coordinating this program.


A.R.T. Members: $5.00

Non-Members: $10.00

CUNY Students, Faculty, and Staff: Free (Registration Code Required)

Online Registration Required Please register no later than midnight on Tuesday, May 6.  Please note that you MUST pay in advance online in order to attend this program.  (You DO NOT need to have or create a PayPal account to pay online).  If you have any questions or concerns regarding payment, please email programming@nycarchivists.org.

Please be advised that there are no refunds; your registration dollars go towards supporting future A.R.T. Programming Events.
Please note that in attending this event, you automatically grant your consent for the event to be photographed or video-recorded.

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