Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 289 — 2016
By now most of you are aware of the tragic events that occurred early
this morning at Strozier Library. Three students were injured, one
critically, and the shooter was killed by law enforcement oﬃcers after
refusing to put down his weapon and ﬁring upon oﬃcers.
Classes remain cancelled for today.… FSU Police and Tallahassee
Police oﬃcers and leaders have been on scene since the initial call.…
Although their quick response and the wide range and immediate
nature of FSU notiﬁcation systems may well have diminished potential
injuries, our entire community is saddened by the shootings of three
students that did occur.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families and
friends. Counseling services are available through the University
Counseling Center, Victim Advocate program, and Employee
We will notify you as more news is available [and] whether classes will
Thank you for all you do for Florida State University. At a time like
this, our focus is on our students, and our climate of collegiality and
academic purpose stand us all in good stead.
Across campus, the ﬁrst reaction to the shooting was shock, followed
by the imperative to ﬁgure out what to do—quickly. Few felt prepared.
The university’s two main counseling oﬃces, the University Counseling
Center and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), clearly had an
important role to play. Staﬀ of both oﬃces had been contacted before
dawn with instructions to come to work as early as possible.
At the University Counseling Center, staﬀ began arriving at 6:30 a.m. and
were bombarded by texts, while phones were ringing oﬀ the hook. They