Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 289 — 2016
shock, and yet we felt compelled to channel our mental and physical
resources toward healing and returning the FSU community to normalcy.
And it was certainly surreal to arrive on campus the morning after the
midnight shooting. The streets surrounding Strozier Library and Landis
Green, iconic landmarks at the center of campus, were clogged with news
trucks. Technicians milled around and reporters thrust microphones
in front of anyone willing to talk. Neon-yellow crime-scene tape still
circled the library. Eyes were drawn to Strozier Library, with plywood
covering the shattered front window, and to its front steps, the site of so
As morning dawned, the story was beginning to form. We now knew the
identity of the shooter, Myron May. There was every reason to believe
that he acted alone, but no one knew why he did what he did. That
question would never be fully answered.
Classes were canceled for the day. Strozier Library, still the site of an
open investigation, remained closed, but other libraries were expected to
reopen around noon. Library managers gathered in Dirac Science Library
to assess the situation and plan next steps. Few of them had slept more
than an hour or two, so due to sleep deprivation and a lack of credible
information, it was hard to assess or plan. But in this time of crisis, it was
comforting to be together.
Communication from University Administration
At 5:21 a.m. on Thursday, a statement prepared by campus administrators
had been sent to FSU e-mail lists and posted on the FSU homepage:
The Florida State University community is extremely saddened by the
shootings that took place early this morning at Strozier Library, in the
very heart of campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families
and loved ones of all those who have been aﬀected.