How can research libraries handle and recover from “active shooter” incidents? The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) features two articles that describe campus shootings and library response.
Julia Zimmerman and Susannah C. Miller tell the story of staff who were in Florida State University’s Strozier Library on the fall 2014 night when a terrifying shooting occurred at the library. Zimmerman and Miller note how challenging it was to sort through the events of that night as well as the impact the incident had on staff, students, and the campus community. The authors also detail actions taken by the libraries, university, and community to help the campus recover and move forward.
Virginia Steel describes the spring 2016 day when a shooting in a UCLA School of Engineering building put the campus libraries into lockdown. This incident revealed the tensions between the library’s role as a safe haven and the need to follow security procedures, especially when accurate information is limited. Steel discusses lessons learned from the experience and from a campus safety review that was conducted afterward.
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Shooting at Florida State University Libraries: The Act, Aftermath, and Response ||| PDF Version
Julia Zimmerman, Dean of University Libraries, Florida State University and Susannah C. Miller, Associate Dean for Administrative Services
Thinking about the Unthinkable: A Personal Reflection on the June 1 Incident at UCLA and Library Responses and Roles in Active Shooter Situations ||| PDF Version
Virginia Steel, University Librarian, UCLA