January 23, 2022

Journal Article: “Thinking About the Unthinkable: Active Shooter Preparedness in Library Environments”

The article linked to below was recently published by Library Leadership & Management.


Thinking About the Unthinkable: Active Shooter Preparedness in Library Environments


Christopher B. Livingston
California State University, Bakersfield

Amanda Grombly
California State University, Bakersfield


Library Leadership & Management
Vol 35, No 1 (2020)
DOI: 10.5860/llm.v35i1.7426


There is limited aggregated data showing the amount and levels of preparedness training for active shooter situations in public, academic, and K-12 libraries in California and across the United States. The purpose of this research is to assess the state of preparedness of librarians, staff, and volunteers working in these libraries for active shooter situations. In 2018, the authors collected data from academic, public, and school library personnel about their attitudes and levels of preparedness for active shooter situations. It is hoped that this research will contribute to the development of best practices in raising safety awareness in academic and public libraries.

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17 pages; PDF.

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