EGATTT flags CERL Collection Security Summer School

EGATTT / CERL | Translator: Anna Dysert | 19 July 2019

The Expert group against Theft, Trafficking and Tampering (EGATTT) reports that the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL), with which it collaborates, is offering a summer school entirely dedicated to the security of fonds and collection.

It will be held in Tartu (Estonia) from Wednesday September 4 to Friday September 6, 2019.

This training is open to archivists.

Registration is now open, please send an e-mail to if you wish to participate in the Summer School. Deadline for registration has been extended until 16 August 2019.


  • CERL Members: 65€
  • Non-members: 85€

Invitation by Drs Marian Lefferts, CERL Executive Manager

"Under the chairmanship of Mme Jacqueline Lambert (Royal Library, Brussels), the CERL Security Working Group has grown into one of the most active and successful Working Groups in the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL). The CERL Security Working group exists to help members enhance the security of their culturally important heritage collections. To offer security officers from both libraries and archives, as well as special collections librarians and curators the opportunity to discuss security issues with their peers in an informal setting, the Security Working Group organises an annual Collection Security Summer School, each time in a different part of Europe. The programme is developed in order to provide colleagues who are in charge of drawing up security policies with a concrete response to the problems they encounter on a daily basis, bearing in mind the global context in which all of this is taking place. Our annual summer school aims to create a network of security officers and curators who continue to work together on best practice, who alert each other to potential areas of threat on the market, and who generally support each other in security matters (also through sharing policies, best practices and tools).

You are warmly invited to attend the CERL Collection Security Summer School. This year the Summer School is hosted by the University Library, Tartu in Estonia and it will take place from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 September 2019. Details are available here:

On Wednesday 4 September 2019 we start at 13:00 with a welcome by the Chairman of the CERL Security Network, Mme Jacqueline Lambert, who will also do a presentation on the CERL-developed Quick Audit Tool and it supporting tools. Our hosts, and co-organisers of the University of Tartu will do a presentation on collection security in their own organisation, after which you will be taken on a visit to the books mass neutralization centre of the University Library, where we will focus on how to ensure the collection security during the whole process from departure to return to the stacks. The first day ends with a visit to the University of Tartu History Museum and a drinks reception.

On Thursday 5 September 2019, Anna Magdalena Lindskog Midtgaard and Jarle Aadna  of the National Library Denmark will work with the participants to explore varying security levels inside reading rooms, followed by a session on the 'Darker Side of the Heritage Management' by Siim Raie, the Director General of the National Heritage Board of Estonia. Nijolė Klingaitė Dasevičienė will outline approaches to collection security in the Vilnius University Library and Angela Dellebeke of the National Archives in the Netherlands will explore a network approach to collection security with the participants of the summer school. The day will end with a visit to the Estonian National Museum with a behind-the-scenes exploration of their approach to collection security. Participants are then invited to attend an optional conference dinner.

On Friday 6 September 2018, the day starts with a visit to the Estonian Literary Museum to discuss their approach to collection security, followed by a presentation by Adrian Edwards of the British Library on Missing Item processes at the British Library and a presentation by Kaire Lass, the Keeper of Collections at the National library of Estonia on Collections Security issues at the National Library of Estonia. We will end the summer school with a presentation by Per Cullhed of the University Library of Uppsala focussed on security in the stacks, and a final discussion which should end around 15:30pm.

If you wish to participate in the Summer School, you can send an e-mail to The deadline for registration has been extended to 16 August 2019. The registration fee (which covers lunches and tea/coffee, and travel to the various museums) is € 65 for CERL members and € 85 for non-members. The conference dinner is at your own costs. You will also have to make your own travel arrangements and hotel booking. A list of recommended hotels is available on the Summer School webpage.

We look forward to welcoming you in Tartu!"